Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Advertisement
Beth.Bailey (#47841402)
 member for 4 years, 6 months, 2 days
[Add to MyFriends]
Bio and Links
Bio Photo







G. K. Chesterton wrote, "Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die." The men and women who served in the armed forces, whether during a time of war, or one of peace, are living examples of that contradiction. Each should be honored and remembered, so that our gratitude never fade's...



Leaving coins on the headstones of those who served in the Military, especially those who died in combat, dates back at least as far as the Roman Empire.

The practice became especially popular in the United States during the Vietnam War because of the political climate throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Friends of those who died in combat left coins to let family members know that someone had visited the gravesite. Leaving a coin on the headstone was more practical than contacting the family and risk becoming involved in a discussion about the war.

Generally speaking, a visitor who did not know the deceased well enough to be considered a friend might leave a penny. Someone who went through boot camp or a training class with the deceased might leave a nickel. A friend who served in another platoon within the same company might leave a dime. A buddy who served in the same outfit, or was with the deceased when he died, might leave a quarter.

Some Vietnam Veterans left coins as a "down-payment" to purchase a beer or play a hand of poker when he was eventually re-united with his deceased buddy.

Today, the denomination of the coin left on the headstone has become less significant because so few people carry coins other than quarters.

The coins left on headstones within National Cemeteries and State Veterans Cemeteries are collected by cemetery staff from time to time and are used to maintain the grounds. Some cemeteries use the coins to help pay for the burial costs of indigent Veterans.


~ THE MILITARY SALUTE PROJECT ~










 Contact:
or
Leave Public Message
Contributions to
Find A Grave
 • 3,340 Memorials Added
 • 4,871 Memorials Managed
 • 14 Memorials/Week
 • 3,146 Photos
 • 1 Photo Request
 • 1,079 Volunteer Photos Taken
 • 27,772 Virtual Flowers
 • 14 Virtual Cemeteries
 • 33 Fame Ratings
 • 87 Sponsorships
 • 79 Friends
Search Contributor's Records

 
First NameLast Name

Virtual Cemeteries
Bailey Family (6)
Best Friend/My Husband (1)
Brother (William Jr) (1)
Cameron Family in Maine (17)
Dad & Mom (2)
Ex-Husband Kevin(my frien... (1)
Friends... (30)
Grandparents (4)
Hayes family (12)
Little Angels.... (22)
[View all Virtual Cemeteries...]
Find A Grave Friends
2Honour&Remembe..., Allison Ford, Annie M., baby ruth, Beth Davis, bg2005, Brian Smith, Carl Steiger, dacotah, Daddys♥Gi..., Darryl P. Van R..., DebღBee, Debbie, Deborah Ridgway, denise clark, Don Bailey, E49, Eileen, Ellen Bishop, Evangelineư..., [View all Find A Grave Friends...]
Messages left for Beth.Bailey (1)[Leave Message]
Travis Bolt
Tony Feist...
Sorry for the delay--been busy for a while with other research and am trying to play catch-up. I don't recall fixing my error in posting a stone photo, but I C it is removed. When I get back to getting the time to getting photos at BHNC I will add this to my list. My last vist out there a employee stopped me and made me go to the office and ask permission--never had that B4, I did so and the assistant briefed me some details--I let them run their hot air and they never told me it was illegal and it isn't by law to take these photos. I have assisted many visitors in locating their loved ones markers as I have a large amount of footsteps in that cemetery and can almost go about blindfolded and still locate the correct stone maker. I hope your photo requests continue--I just try to go about it alphabetically as ALL should have a photo , not just the ones I load and manage or what other request...just my thoughts--I have a couple of cemeteries almost completely photographed back home--just missing a few that are unmarked burials and records are no longer available to know where they are located. Sorry and thanks!!!
Added by Travis Bolt on Nov 29, 2016 6:57 PM
 

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service