Sacrifice is preserved as an object in many societies. For a variety of reasons, there is much debate about how a material object can take the form of memory.
How we record or memorialise our past is always significant. Monuments are buried and destroyed as a result of natural disasters, excessive greed of nations and religion. These actions may reduce monuments into dust.
In places where this has happened, there is an emptiness that has arisen from this absence and a loss of collective memory which was previously embodied in monuments. They then become material enactments of the mental decay of the living. Until they are replaced, the very thing that was meant to help people to remember, will now be forgotten as it is no longer there. When attempting to fill this void, society has to choose an appropriate object that can represent the fallen. Recognising the nature of sacrifice allows us to understand what humanity is.