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Dave (#47976571)
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So many are asking about the bio picture I'm using, it's from a poem written by Monte Leon Manka titled The Shadow on the Wall.

I enjoy working with Find A Grave and I especially enjoy adding photos to memorials so that family members can visit their family member's grave at anytime.

I do not have a problem if you would like to use one of my photo's providing a note of credit is given.

Please REMEMBER I do this in my FREE time out of respect for the families. If mistakes are made, BE KIND and remember this isn't a paying JOB.

We are here to help each other, and it would give me honor to know I have helped one. Thank you for caring about the family I also care about so deeply.


FYI: For our Veterans Graves

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 tombstone 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.

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 United States, 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.

Symbols for the Folds of the Flag

The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.

The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.

The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks, and who gave a portion of his or her life for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.

The fourth fold represents our weaker nature; as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace, as well as in times of war, for His divine guidance.

The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right, but it is still our country, right or wrong.

The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

The seventh fold is a tribute to our armed forces, for it is through the armed forces that we protect our country and our flag against all enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.

The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor our mother, for whom it flies on Mother's Day.

The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood, for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great have been molded.

The 10th fold is a tribute to father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since he or she was first born.

The 11th fold in the eyes of Hebrew citizens, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The 12th fold in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Ghost.

When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, In God We Trust.
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Kerryh OBrien
Thank you so much for posting the pictures of my O'Brien ancestors!
Added by Kerryh OBrien on Sep 30, 2014 7:50 PM
Kim S
RE: Herman Kreitzer
Thanks Dave for your help and the info, it was most helpful.
Added by Kim S on Sep 30, 2014 4:53 PM
Joan Launer Wallace
thank you for photo
Thank you Dave for the photo you recently took of My mother in law's memorial. I do appreciate it! Joan
Added by Joan Launer Wallace on Sep 30, 2014 2:54 PM
Wendy & John Corcoran
Caroline Leyes Stich...
married to Louis J. Stich # 134202383

Another family mystery.

We would have thought that she was buried next to her husband! Hmmmm. Should I remove my photo request? Did you happen to see her next to Louis?
Added by Wendy & John Corcoran on Sep 30, 2014 2:53 PM
Louise Malogorski
Dave Thank you so so much, So appreciated !!!
Added by M.Bolton on Sep 30, 2014 1:48 PM
Wendy & John Corcoran
Stich and Leyes
Thanks Dave for all of these photographs.

That was fun placing them. I think I just counted 11 more Leyes that need headstone photographs at Calvery. If you do these I will try to find out how they fit in!

Big bear hugs with a cup of tea. It doesn't look as if fall has come too soon for you today. You are about the same as we are in coastal North Carolina - with only a few leaves dropping! Wendy
Added by Wendy & John Corcoran on Sep 30, 2014 1:44 PM
Ron Shrack
James E. Stout
Thank you for posting the picture of James E. Stout's burial headstone on his findagrave memorial page.
Added by Ron Shrack on Sep 29, 2014 8:35 PM
Carol Conner Donovan
RE: Minish
Dave, I am in contact with Dean Sliger the direct Minnish descendant. Here is the latest: Ernie "Ernest Minnish" (1904-1984) was the s/o Sadie Booth Minnish (1865-1937) & Charles A. Minnish (1765-1922). Florence Cleo Minnish was Ernest's wife.
Pearl Minnish was the w/o Charles Augustus Minnish (1899-1979) who was the s/o Sadie & Charles above. Will keep you posted as the info comes in. Also, I will pull up Dayton Memorial, print out the info and email it Dean. I'm sure we can get more connections, children, etc. Carol Thx're a marvel.
Added by Carol Conner Donovan on Sep 29, 2014 8:04 PM
Granny Moss 2
Thompon photo
Thank you for the photo showing the spot where his grave site is.
Norita Shepherd
Added by Granny Moss 2 on Sep 29, 2014 3:36 PM
dm wms
Re: Forrest McGurk Memorial# 88083314
I have completed your edit requests for Mr. McGurk. He now has his final resting place identified thanks to your help. I have referenced your help on his memorial as well. A little bit at a time with many contributors provides a clearer picture of who these people were. Thanks for sharing!
Added by dm wms on Sep 27, 2014 8:44 PM
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