COINS ON A TOMBSTONE

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I didn't know this.. Did you? 

Have you ever been in a cemetery and saw coins laying on a tombstone? 

There is actually a reason behind it. 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 simply that you visited. A nickel indicates

 that you and the deceased trained at boot camp together, while a dime

 means you served with him in some capacity. By leaving a quarter at the 

grave, you are telling the family that you were with the solider when he 

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

 indigent veterans. In the US, this practice became common during the

 Vietnam war, due to the political divide in the country over the war; 

leaving a coin was seen as a more practical way to communicate that 

you had visited the grave than contacting the soldier's family, which could 

devolve into an uncomfortable argument over politics relating to the war. 

Some Vietnam veterans would leave coins as a "down payment" to buy

 their fallen comrades a beer or play a hand of cards when they would finally 

be reunited. The tradition of leaving coins on the headstones of military men 

and women can be traced to as far back as the Roman Empire.

 

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