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While visiting some cemeteries you may notice that headstones marking certain graves have coins on them, left by previous visitors to the grave.

These coins have distinct meanings when left on the headstones of those who gave their life while serving in America's military, and these meanings vary depending on the denomination of coin.

A coin left on a headstone or at the grave site is meant as a message to the deceased soldier's family that someone else has visited the grave to pay respect. Leaving a penny at the grave means simply that you visited.

A nickel indicates that you and the deceased trained at boot camp together, while a dime means you served with him in some capacity. By leaving a quarter at the grave, you are telling the family that you were with the solider when he was killed.

According to tradition, the money left at graves in national cemeteries and state veterans cemeteries is eventually collected, and the funds are put toward maintaining the cemetery or paying burial costs for indigent veterans.

In the US, this practice became common during the Vietnam war, due to the political divide in the country over the war; leaving a coin was seen as a more practical way to communicate that you had visited the grave than contacting the soldier's family, which could devolve into an uncomfortable argument over politics relating to the war.

Some Vietnam veterans would leave coins as a "down payment" to buy their fallen comrades a beer or play a hand of cards when they would finally be reunited.

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

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kim Weeks
Distant cousin
Hey Karen, I found this memorial by following links from my grandparents memorial page. They were Alex and Hattie Jerrells. I am the oldest of James(Jimmie) William Jerrells and Ann Gainey (his 2nd wife)

Just wanted to drop you a line and say Hi.
Added by kim Weeks on Jun 19, 2016 11:24 AM
Patricia Dunbar
Bobby Lee Morton
Find A Grave Memorial# 158727278...I am not related to this family.
Added by Patricia Dunbar on Feb 29, 2016 8:05 AM
RE: Larry J Rice memorial # 89296474
Sorry I didn't answer you sooner.

To my knowledge I don't know any of Mr. Rice's family. I know some of the extended family for the plot that he is buried on, but I don't know what his connection to them is. My best guess is that the Chandlers let the Rice family bury him there because he died so young and they did not have a family plot to bury him on.

I can give you the names of the others who are buried there if you want them, but he seems "out of place" and I believe he is unrelated to the others. I don't know if there is anyone living who can clear this mystery up. I do have a few people I can ask if you are interested.

Let me know if you want those names and/or if you want me to ask the extended family if they have any other info on him.
Added by Shelley on Jan 18, 2016 12:09 AM
Clyde R. Hand
I am the daughter of Clyde Roy Hand. Will you please email me at I have information on both Clyde and Camelia Jo. Are you related to Clyde? Thanks you.
Added by Renee on Oct 11, 2015 8:50 AM
Tommy Wood
RE: Stephen G W Wood
Hi Karen, I Tommy Wood, Thomas Wood son, are you the daughter of Uncle Steve Wood? I took the DNA test also at ancestry. I Ask the Genealogical people here in Thomasville for help finding Stephen G W Wood parents, his father was also name Stephen G W Wood and I think his wife name was Malissa W Hunt. I ask oak grove chuch if they had any records or if anyone knew who Grandma Wood (on the headstone) was, no info. Contact me at, sorry I couldn't help you more
Added by Tommy Wood on Oct 08, 2015 5:23 PM
Diana B
RE: New Springfield Cemetery
It was Aunt Scilla 65878668. You had a note saying you would like to see this grave and the surrounding ones.
Added by Diana B on Sep 26, 2015 6:33 PM
Diana B
Aunt - New Springfield cemetery
Hello Karen,
I placed most of the memorials in this cemetery. I was respectfully asked by the pastor to please not photograph his cemetery. I must respect his wishes. I wish I could have helped.
Added by Diana B on Sep 24, 2015 1:51 PM
Barbara Kane Foster
Coin Poem
I know that it is not a poem but I had to copy an add it to my personal stuff. I had never heard of this tribute to those whom have passed. This one of the reasons I love this site because I keep learning more and more info that I may not have ever known without someone telling their story and leaving their mark in history. I just wanted to say thanks for adding this to your profile which I read for most people I click on.
Added by Barbara Kane Foster on Feb 11, 2015 4:55 PM
Alyssa Atwood Thomas
RE: 129631428 Jewell King
Thank you so much for the information and the obituary! I will add it to her info.
Added by Alyssa Atwood Thomas on Jan 05, 2015 7:40 PM
A. Cook
RE: Autumn Lee Kunkle 58701661
The older memorial should be used. I have informed the other contributor that her memorial is a duplicate. But whether or not she will move her picture and delete the duplicate is not certain. I will gladly transfer this memorial to you so you can add to it
Added by A. Cook on Jan 05, 2015 9:11 AM
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