Let’s take a look at the modern day practice of placing coins on soldiers’ graves. In the United States, people don’t generally believe that bodies can take belongings with them into the afterlife, so why do people continue with this tradition? Well, Facebook user Dave Malenfant shared a story explaining a recent experience he had with this practice and what it means to those who have served. Continue reading to hear what Dave has to say about this remarkable act of remembrance.
“While “Cleaning of the Stones” at the National Cemetery in Holly, I noticed a quarter placed on one of the stones. Later I also noticed a nickel placed on another stone. I was so touched with this that I took pictures. (sorry the nickel did not turn out).
I googled to find out about the coin tradition, and found this out. I am very proud to share this.
A coin left on a headstone lets the deceased soldier’s family know that somebody stopped by to pay their respect.
Leaving a penny means you visited. A nickel means that you and the deceased soldier trained at boot camp together. If you served with the soldier, you leave a dime. A quarter is very significant because it means that you were there when that soldier died.”
The next time you see coins on someone’s grave, you’ll know exactly what they mean. While this isn’t officially recognized or endorsed by the military, these tiny pieces of metal say a lot about those who bravely defended our freedom.
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