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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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Spring Has Sprung!
Spring has sprung and the icebergs and glaciers are receding, like my hairline. Thank you for checking in as I was wondering about you too. Hope you are fine & dandy.

I have decided to become a Minnesota cowboy. All I need is a horse and saddle. All my fans smile immensely when they see me dressed in my chaps, pink cowboy boots, and 10 gal hat. Also, I tote two pearl handle pistols for special effects. (I am one tuff hombre in my neighborhood.)

I like to brag that I have a cowgirl friend in Deadwood named Calamity Beth. Could you send a picture that I can show my buddies? Posing with that rifle would be extra nice. Also, show a little leg. Da guys will love it. (They are a bunch of dirty minded old cowpokes themselves.)

Well, I better get along little doggy. Thus, I shall buy a wiener dog.

Larry, of course!
Added by Larry on Apr 22, 2017 7:23 AM
Sean Hedstrom Antuna
RE: Peter Patino Sr
It would be my pleasure, and you're very welcome :) More than happy to sponsor him, and I would also be more than happy to have him transferred to my care, if you could. He is one of the many members of the Patino Family that I am distantly related to. Mary Helen Patino (Antuna) was married to my Great Uncle Sigel Joe Antuna Sr. and I still stay in contact with their daughters, (my cousins) : Donna, Josie, Mel, Delila, and Angie on Facebook and other social media outlets. I will definitely share his profile with them, as well other Patino Findagrave siblings. Please and Thank you on his memorial transfer if you could so kindly. I sincerely thank you once again Beth, and God Bless. +
Added by Sean Hedstrom Antuna on Apr 13, 2017 9:44 AM
jerry condra
RE: Nicholas.Duster #34181512
Hi, Yes you can use the information I sent to you.


Added by jerry condra on Apr 05, 2017 9:28 AM
~*~Thank You~*~
Dearest Beth,

It was so thoughtful of you to think of our family during our time of sadness. Your sweet visits to Brian's memorial are of great comfort to us as we grieve Brian's passing. Many blessings to you and your family.

Blessings forever sweet Friend.

Added by Saffron♥Wings on Apr 04, 2017 5:53 PM
jerry condra
RE: Nicholas.Duster #34181512
Hi Beth,Nick worked for me in #1 Boiler Room Aboard the USS Maury AGS 16 a Hydrographic ship home port out Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. We returned to Pearl Harbor in October from Vietnam and Nick was granted leave in November to go home to South Dakota. This is when the Auto Accident occurred. He was missed by his shipmate's very much. He was my go to guy if there was a problem in the boiler room. I missed him most of all. He was a "GREAT" guy. If I can be of more help feel free to message me.
Jerry C. Condra CPO USN Retired.
Added by jerry condra on Apr 03, 2017 12:42 PM
Scott ダイソン
RE: Pics @ BHNC
You're welcome. Yeah, I uploaded Frank L Snyder's (#3318005) memorial to Frank L Snyder's (#18373520) memorial by mistake. That cleared your request despite me catching and deleting it.

Concerning your other open requests: Corpman & Woodraska don't yet have permanent memorials installed. I skipped past section K to give other folks present some privacy to mourn and Haataja doesn't appear to be at J_231. You may want to call the office to clarify his location.
Added by Scott ダイ... on Apr 02, 2017 2:36 PM
Matt Amiotte
RE: Leroy
Yes Beth, I have a very large extended family. It seems like I have been announcing way too many deaths in the family in the past few years.

I appreciate your efforts. I don't mind not having the memorials as long as I get them linked to the other relatives. Many of them I don't know well or haven't even met. I have become sort of the genealogical historian for my relatives and have brought my extended relatives together through groups on facebook so we can all get to know one another.

I will definitely ask if there is someone I want to administer.

Added by Matt Amiotte on Mar 22, 2017 8:13 PM
Traci's Mom
RE: Just wanted to
Beth, I'm so very sorry. I've been planning to write or call you for the longest time but I just haven't done it. Haven't felt well for a long time, as you know, but I think of you very often.

GOD, bless my special friend.

Added by Traci's Mom on Mar 22, 2017 3:23 PM
High Plains
RE: Dale George Amsbaugh
Any time, Beth!

Enjoyed your comments! They (lung) did check for lung function which I assume would rule out any lung problems. WHO KNOWS!!??

:) judy
Added by High Plains on Mar 22, 2017 10:19 AM
PVT Eldon "Gene" Stone
Oh Beth, I am so touched by your profile. To read of your volunteer service specifically for Veterans and their families brings tears to my eyes. Then to realize that your husband/best friend is among your memorials...

I was also touched by your unselfish explanation that you are willing to transfer memorials. It is such a pleasant surprise to run into someone who has such a warm attitude about sharing this "data" that represents a real human being who had friends and family who loved him or her.

With all that said may I please request a transfer of PVT Eldon Gene Stone? He was my cousin. I understand you can still turn me down but I can see that you stop and pay your respects at these memorials so I would be pleased to let you continue to maintain Gene's memorial. Thank you so much for what you do!!

Added by Patricia on Mar 20, 2017 4:24 PM
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