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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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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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