Coin on a Veteran's Grave

 

Photo courtesy CHIARA SCHOBER

A penny on a grave.

Have you ever been in a cemetery and seen coins laying on a headstone?

A coin left on a headstone lets the deceased soldier's family know that somebody stopped by to pay their respect.

• A penny means you visited.

• A nickel means you and the deceased veteran trained at boot camp together.

• A dime means you and the deceased veteran served together in some capacity.

• A quarter is very significant because it means that you were there when that veteran died.

The tradition of leaving coins on the headstones of military men and women can be traced as far back as the Roman Empire. Soldi...



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