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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/or have 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.All I ask in return is a simple "Thank-You" 😊😊😊
A Veteran is someone who,at one point,wrote a blank check made payable to the "United States of America" for an amount of 'up to and including their life'. That is honor,and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.
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 ~
"Upon my death I authorize any of my memorials to be transferred to any FAG contributor as they are requested."
[Thanks to FAG volunteer 47283828 for this statement on their contributor page]
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|Mom of Timothy L. Turner||HELLO BETH,|
@};- Thank U for visiting my Great-Uncle Carter Pennington, on his 92nd Angel Day Anniversary today. Hope your're doing well. Bless U always sweet lady. You've brought many a great comfort here on the Find A Grave site. ~ 6/2 Sun. 3:05 Pm EST.
|2 Angel of Mine ValenciaღAsia💕||Dearest Beth,|
For Remembering Valencia's 41st Heavenly Birthday ... want to say,
"THANKS, YOU'RE AN ANGEL" . Your visit meant ALOT to this MOM
|Rob||RE: MSgt Dianna Fast|
I would be honored to care for her memorial, my sincere thanks to you. My ID# is 47017362.
When I was stationed at WPAFB, I got into a bowling league off base and was teamed up with Diane's mother. I took her sister Robin to her senior prom.
I'm a SAC trained killer, as well. Worked on B-52G's and KC-135A's at Andersen AFB, Guam.
Been to Sturgis, twice. Beautiful country!
Again, my sincere thanks.
Added by Rob on Oct 01, 2017 2:44 PM
|Rob||MSgt Dianna Fast|
My sincere thanks to you for creating the memorial for Diane. She was an extraordinary person.
I met Dianna when I was stationed up at Wright-Patterson around 1990,
Added by Rob on Sep 27, 2017 11:56 AM
|Lisa Sturm||RE: Melvin.Haeger|
Thank you Beth! I appreciate it and all your help! :)
|Lowell Harris||RE: Photo's at BHNC...|
Your Welcome. We were vacationing in the area so we tried to pick up all the request there but somehow we missed a few.