|Kathy & Jerry Strickland (#47169054)|
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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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|chloe perdew||Dorothy, Alvin, Margaret & Peter|
Thank you once again for all the very helpful dates and family links to the Theis family! Are you also related?
Have a great weekend,
|Shannon B||LaJoie - Mt Muncie|
Hello! I wanted to let you know that I have uploaded your photo request. Also, when I took the picture there was another marker that seemed connected to the same plot as it was perpendicular to the marker. The name was: Mildred M. Bellotti (1906-1977). Is she a relative of the LaJoie's? If so, let me know and I will transfer her memorial to you.
Okay! Hopefully, it's right now
You have done a fabulous job connecting the Grommesch family.
I have transferred Frank and Dorothy Breeggemann to you, as they are not directly related to me.
Added by DDitter on Feb 15, 2014 10:20 PM
|chloe perdew||Theis Family|
Thank you once again for all the help you are providing on the Theis family. I made all the additions and cortrections and appreciate your help!
|chloe perdew||Cecelia HennesTheis|
Hi Kathy & Jerry,
Thank you so much for the links to Cecelia's parents - and for the fascinating information on the coins. I ever knew that!
Have a great day!
|Mrs Smith||Mathias Majerus|
I linked him to his wife. If you would like me to transfer these records, please let me know.
There is a Kendall DNA project which shows that some of the Kendalls who arrived in the US at very different times are related. Email me if you don't already have info on this and are interested in it. Accesstina@aol.com
Added by MHK on Jan 21, 2014 3:54 AM
If I am related, it would be pretty distant. I was looking for a cousin William D Kendall who died last year.. just can't overlook a Kendall with bio as it is my maiden name.
Martine H Kendall "Tina"
Added by MHK on Jan 21, 2014 3:46 AM
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