Took my mom to the cemetery today..

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  1. Shizzle

    Shizzle Veteran Member

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    To put a flag on my grandpa’s grave (he was a 1SG from the Big Red 1 in WW2)

    while walking to his grave, my mom seen a dime on a head stone and I had to stop her from picking it up & explained to her what the coins signify.
     
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    good on ya sir.
    but your mother didn't know???....
     
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    muscl car Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    If anyone doesnt know what leaving coins on a Veterans Headstone signifies ...

    Leaving a Penny on the Headstone let's the family or loved one know that the grave sight was visited

    A Nickle signifies someone went to Bootcamp with the Veteran

    A Dime left on the Headstone signifies someone served with the Veteran in some form or capacity

    A Quarter left on the Headstone signifies this person was with this Veteran when he was killed
     
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    I didn’t know either...until now
     
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    thought that was a dinner lesson...within military families?.....maybe just mine....no disrespect intended....each family is different.
     
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    Yeah, strange
     
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    No mom didn’t, dad didn’t either and he was in the army in the mid 60’s
     
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    muscl car Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    For the last 10 plus years I've been going to Riverside National Cemetery on Memorial Day and on Veterans Day to pay respect to the fallen Veterans . I spend a few hours walking to ea grave site and place coins on their Headstones and then say few words to es one I visit

    I have many people ask me why I place coins and some are clueless !!! . Some actually thank me especially if they see me place a coin on their loved ones Headstone


    Sadly this Veterans Day i won't be able to as I'm recovering from knee surgery and that's to much walking for me right now
     
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    Lowend Administrator. .a car, a man, a maraca. Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    That's new to me, and very cool.
    BTW, similar concept if you find a Jewish grave with rocks on the marker. Leave them there.

    It's interesting how coins have been used in conjunction with the dead. The Greeks leaving coins on the eyes or in the mouth of a loved one to pay the boatman to ferry them across the river into the land of the dead.
     
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    This is new to me also. Interesting.
     

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