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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/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 😊😊😊

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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72nd Birthday Bash
Thank you Beth for remembering me on my birthday. That was so thoughtful of you! It has been a good day. First, I thanked the good Lord for His blessings and expressed gratitude for continued good health, humor, and friends like you.

Second, I spoke to both of my daughters as they expressed sincere admiration for the best father they ever had.

Third, my wife gave me a nice card, no money, no gift card. Just a wonderful birthday wish which was just fine.

Tonight I told her I will take her to someplace nice for a meal of gigantic proportions. She suggested Hardee's and I suggested McDonalds. We could both order Happy Meals and just go nuts!

Anyway I cut it, this has been a fine day and I am happy for friends and family.

Hugs, Bugs, and Grubs from Larry, of course!
Added by larry on Jul 27, 2017 2:24 PM
My new email address is above. Today is my birthday! I am going hog wild with celebration galore!
Added by larry on Jul 27, 2017 11:11 AM
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RE: Memorials
Now you had me in tears! How special of a privilege of doing that for your parents! I wish I could have been there to witness them arriving there in their new home. And how special you are to undertake such an honorable way to honor our Veterans. I have been reading stories about them, and have a bucket of tears here anyway! Thank you again!
Added by Love My Ancestors on Jul 25, 2017 9:33 PM
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We were there on vacation earlier this month, and happened to see the cemetery going through, so we stopped and took pictures of some of the headstones and crypts, and I have been putting on these pictures. I wished that we could have stayed all day to take pictures but couldn't. Because no matter where I/we go, I am finding the cemeteries to take pictures.
Added by Love My Ancestors on Jul 25, 2017 2:33 PM
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Thank you for doing this for this cemetery. What an honor it is for you! You will be blessed! I do alot of memorials for the ones that have passed away, but nothing so fulfilling as the military cemeteries.
Added by Love My Ancestors on Jul 25, 2017 2:06 PM

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