Coins on gravestones have particular meanings

Coins on gravestones have particular meaningsSite visitors paying their respects to fallen servicemen this Memorial Day weekend might notice that the headstones of certain graves have coins on top of them.

 
 
 
 

These coins, left by earlier people to the grave, have distinct meanings when left on the gravestone of someone killed while serving inside the armed forces, and those meanings vary based on the coins’ denomination.

 
 
 
 

According to fact-looking at website Snopes.com, leaving a coin on a new gravestone is meant as a message to the deceased soldier’s family that somebody had visited the grave to pay their respects. Leaving a penny means merely that you visited.

 
 
 
 

Visitors leaving a new nickel indicates that visitors and the deceased experienced boot camp together, while a dime implies that visitors served with him in some capacity. By leaving a quarter on the headstone, a guest is telling the grouped family members that they were there when the soldier was killed.

 
 
 
 

According to tradition, national cemeteries and veterans cemeteries is eventually collected,with the funds used to maintain the cemetery or to pay burial costs for homeless veterans.

 
 
 
 

In the United States, this exercise allegedly became common through the Vietnam War due to the political divide in the country through the war, Snopes reports. It was a way to show respect without getting into an uncomfortable discussion concerning the war with the soldier’s family.

 
 
 
 

Listed by Snopes since “legend,” the website struggles to verify that the custom actually dates back to Vietnam; the earliest mention of the practice dates to an internet site post in June 2009, it reports.

 
 
 
 

Along with monetary coins, {challenge coins can also be on the graves of some servicemen. challenge coins can be found on the graves of some servicemen also. These tokens recognize their bearers as members of a specific military unit and so are not given out readily. Challenge coins found at a grave site probably were left there by members of the soldier’s unit. Challenge coins found at a grave site almost were still left there by members of the soldier’s unit.

 
 
 
 

I is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank god that such men lived. George S Patton

 
 

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