Coins on a Gravestone: Here's What That Means / #AZVHV

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Original content by Bill Salvatore - East Valley SA545073000

As we prepare to honor the Fallen later this week, I thought you might find this helpful. Bill

Have you ever seen a gravestone covered in coins? It's not unusual while visiting a cemetery to see the stones covered in various amounts of money. So, what's the deal with leaving all those mementos in a cemetery? Well, there's actually a distinct meaning.

 

According to legend, the coin goes on the grave markers of America's military veterans. Leaving a coin on the headstone lets loved ones of the deceased soldier's family know that someone has come to visit the grave. 

Each type of coin holds a different meaning. Leaving a penny means you visited and want to thank the veteran of the armed forces for their service. A nickel left at a grave means you trained at boot camp with the deceased servicemen, while a dime suggests you served with him or her. Finally, a quarter signifies if previous visitors were with the soldier when they passed away. It really is a practical way to show up and honor fallen comrades' gravesites, on Memorial Day or any other time of the year.

The origin of the tradition, like the meaning behind it, is still up for debate, but many people believe it started during the Vietnam War. America was having a crisis of conscience. Any discussion of the war usually devolved into an uncomfortable argument about politics. Leaving a coin for a Vietnam veteran was a way to say you appreciate the soldier's service while avoiding an inevitable difficult conversation. 

     

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May 30, 2022 04:42 AM
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