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Beth (#47841402)
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I create memorials at Black Hills National Cemetery here in South Dakota as my way of honoring our Veterans and their families.I am "NOT" a collector of memorials so if I have created a memorial for someone,be it a family member,friend or someone you knew,and you'd like me to transfer it to your care...Ask and you shall receive 😊😊😊

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.


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Punky Alert Sunami!
*Winter is winding down and one can see the stone tombstones in the cemetery once again. It is tempting to sneak out to the local burial ground and see how the residents weathered the winter. From past experience, I have learned that early spring in Minnesotah means MUD, ICE, & Slosh.....

So, I said to myself, "no hurry Punky." Wait until April and don't be a Fool. The residents are not going anywhere and they can wait. Sooooo, I decided to take steps to prepare myself for the Cemetery Safari Season of 2017. Here is a list of "MUST DO" things for proper preparation:

a. Change the oil in the 1956 Cadillac hearse. I find the hearse adds mystery and intrigue at cemeteries I visit.

b. Polish shovels, rakes, axes, Bob-Cat loader, and prepare portable entertainment center.

c. Entertainment center is boom box with Grateful Dead 8 track music. Fresh stock of pretzels, chips, pickles, and sardines.

d. Clean out the mini fridge and stock with assortment of craft brews. (My favorite is called R.I.P. Ale.) Also like the Aussie brews because they are "down under."

e. Time to wash the grass stains from my safari suit. I should wear green clothes, but like to look like Hemingway in Africa. The khaki pants, shirt, ammo belt, binoculars, and pith helmet adds a special touch. Kind of sexy!

f. Finally the camera gets an update. My tripod camera with hood and flash get a thorough cleaning. My motto is why do digital when Matthew Brady type will do?

g. Huggies, Pampers, and Depends loaded and ready for action. When people see me in my hearse they probably assume I am carrying a body. Little do they know it is filled with all the items that make for a Find A Grave Safari Adventure.

So ready I am to begin another season of volunteering for Find A Grave. My wife and kids say I should Find A Life. I am unsure what they meant by that. As there is not much life in the cemetery.
Added by Larry on Feb 25, 2017 8:26 AM
Sean Antuna Hedstrom
RE: John and Josephine Arsaga
Thanks so much. Take care
Added by Sean Antuna Hedstrom on Feb 24, 2017 9:48 PM
Greetings Madaam!
Added by Larry on Feb 24, 2017 2:56 PM
Kats & Dogs
Yoh, it is raining Kats & dogs here in Minnesotah Land of the Frigid. What has God brought? Breaking all the old records for this time of year as temps climbed to 60. Today it is raining Kats & Dogs. Already have a Kat named Anna Rossana Cabanna. Wish it would stop raining as I don't need any other pets! (Are the pets or pests?)

May sunshine be shining on you as you deserve the bright lights, even if it isn't Hollyweird.

Larry, of course!
Added by Larry on Feb 20, 2017 2:09 PM
RE: Leaver & Filibeck Photo's
I am very happy to help! That is great you were able to fill in the birth/ death info! I was using the app and couldn't edit request at the time! Thank YOU for all you do too!

Added by NicS on Feb 20, 2017 11:10 AM
Sean Antuna Hedstrom
John and Josephine Arsaga
Hello my name is Sean Antuna. I am doing genealogical research on my ancestry wanted to know if you could kindly transfer my great uncle and aunt's memorials to me the memorial numbers are 138303888 and 138303921. Please and thank you. Have a great day and God bless. I could also furnish proof of my relationship is well if it's needed.
Added by Sean Antuna Hedstrom on Feb 19, 2017 6:44 PM
Yer 2 cute Beth
It is 60 degrees today and has set an all time record. I just love this global warming! Oh, for Valentines Day my wife and I split a snicker candy bar. I brought out the plastic rose that I bought back in 1996 from the basement and gave to the wife. (It brought a tear to her eye.) Ya know, that old rose has seen a lot of Valentines Days!

Besides the rose and the snicker bar, I took the little lady out for a drink. Yes, I stopped at the Mobil Gas Station and purchased a large diet cola to share. There is just something romantic about this special day. Later that night we held hands on the sofa while we watched reruns of Wheel Of Fortune.

My wife tells me I am the last of the big spenders. I really think she means I wear big suspenders.

Have yourself a joyful weekend in Deadwood!

Larry, of course!
Added by Larry on Feb 17, 2017 2:01 PM
Thomas Erbes
RE: Synva Chrysler
Not a direct relative. I am researching the Hoffman family for a friend. Thank you for the update.

Tom Erbes
Added by Thomas Erbes on Feb 15, 2017 10:13 AM
Happy Valentine Miss Beth!
Just a moment to wish you a Happy Valentine Miss Beth! Hope you got a ton of chocolates, masses of flowers, and high octane perfume!

Larry, of course!
Added by Larry on Feb 15, 2017 9:26 AM
Carl Steiger
Howdy Beth
Thank you for visiting my dad's memorial page. And especially thank you for leaving a flag - flower. We have been blessed by his service and love.

Until later,

Added by Carl Steiger on Feb 14, 2017 4:53 AM
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