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Let's help family members and researchers that visit a memorial by adding all the family links that we know. When family members are not linked, it makes the next person do the research all over again. Also, if we have the information, let's use it before it is forgotten.
Mary Frances Funderburk, listed the above note on her page.
COINS LEFT ON TOMBSTONES
While visiting some cemeteries you may notice that headstones marking certain graves have coins on them, left by previous visitors to the grave.
These coins have distinct meanings when left on the headstones of those who gave their life while serving in America's Military, and these meanings vary depending on the denomination of coin.
A coin left on a headstone or at the grave site is meant as a message to the deceased soldier's family that someone else has visited the grave to pay respect.
Leaving a penny at the grave means that you visited.
A nickel indicates that you and the deceased trained at boot camp together.
A dime means you served with him or her in some capacity.
By leaving a quarter at the grave, you are telling the family that you were with the soldier when he or she was killed.
According to tradition, the money left at graves in National Cemeteries and State Veterans Cemeteries is eventually collected, and the funds are put toward maintaining the cemetery or paying burial costs for the indigent.