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Dave (#47976571)
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So many of you are asking about the bio picture I'm using, below is the link with the poem Written by: Monte Leon Manka titled

"The Shadow on the Wall". Click here

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.

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.
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Riders - Dayton Memorial
Thank you for the photos of the stone for the Rider family!
Added by Roberta on Apr 16, 2014 6:02 AM
Gaye Hill
Dayton Memorial Park
Hello Dave,

Thank you very much for the great photos for the Laytons and Massmans - as you can tell the wives are sisters and then the rest seem to be either their children or the husband's family.

I appreciate greatly the photos, now I have some years to go by as I continue research.

Your efforts on Find A Grave are appreciated and I also read and reflected your addition: The Shadow On The Wall.

Thank you

Gaye Hill
Added by Gaye Hill on Apr 15, 2014 7:51 PM
Bob Orr
RE: Re: Jones
Thanks Dave!
Added by Bob Orr on Apr 15, 2014 5:30 PM
Walter Aberth
Thank you for adding the picture of Walter Aberth's grave for me. I appreciate the time you took.

Added by SD on Apr 14, 2014 11:18 AM
Dominique Potier
RE: Re: Shade
Thanks Dave,

Think he was a 82nd Airborne during the WW2 ... If one day you find his obit could you contact me ?


Added by Dominique Potier on Apr 14, 2014 12:06 AM
Rush Rich
RE: Re: Larry
Thanks, let me know if I can help you in my area of Tennessee.
Added by Rush Rich on Apr 13, 2014 5:41 PM
N. Dale Talkington
George Longman #127714097

For an interesting World War II story go to his son's Find A Grave Memorial: Louis L. Longman #56761775
Added by N. Dale Talkington on Apr 13, 2014 4:21 PM
Patricia A. Maloney
Mary Carmela Amato


Thank you so much for the photo of the headstone of Mary Carmela Amato. I sincerely appreciate it.


Added by Patricia A. Maloney on Apr 12, 2014 7:25 PM
Melissa Mengle
RE: Curtin Family
Well Thank you for the pictures! I am a Find a Grave contributor and do the same thing when I take pictures. Melissa
Added by Melissa Mengle on Apr 11, 2014 7:00 PM
Melissa Mengle
Curtin Family
Hi Dave. I saw pictures of the Curtin family that you just added. They are buried in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria. I was wondering if your were related? Thank you, Melissa
Added by Melissa Mengle on Apr 11, 2014 4:17 PM
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