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Kathy & Jerry Strickland (#47169054)
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I found this interesting story today

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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Georgia Shirley
Hi - I will be happy to get photos of Merlc and Harold if you can contact Bethania Cemetery for their locations. There are currently over 100 requests there. Thanks so much..
Added by Georgia Shirley on Sep 20, 2014 6:36 PM
Sandy Morris
Anna Holt
I am so excited! I found Anna Holt's stone. I don't have a picture yet because I literally had to dig to make it visible so I still have to clean it up more. It was under about 3 inches of loose dirt. I thought it was there because that is where it should have been and there was no grass. But the spot was rectangular so I could tell. Will get a picture next week sometime.
Added by Sandy Morris on Sep 17, 2014 4:35 PM
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Ben Schoenecker
I looked yesterday and no Adele. It looks like room was maybe left but no marker. Also do you know if Anna and Michael Brandl are husband and wife? They are side by side.
Added by Sandy Morris on Sep 17, 2014 1:11 PM
Sandy Morris
RE: Ben schoenecker
I don't recall but I can easily look and keep my eyes peeled. Do we know anything more about Adele like maiden name or middle name or dates?
Added by Sandy Morris on Sep 16, 2014 7:23 AM
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Hi - I searched for the Dunleavy stone that you requested a photo for back in 2010, but I had no luck. If you can contact the Saint Mary's cemetery office and get a more precise location, I will go back and try again for you.
Added by ENZita on Sep 12, 2014 1:24 PM
Breiers at St. Mary's Cemetery
Hi! I have added photos to their memorials.

Unfortunately these grave markers are highly reflective and the engraving is very shallow and really is just barely sitting on the surface. Consequently getting good photos of these grave markers is extremely difficult. I have gone to the site multiple times and at different times of the day, but there never seems to be a good time to visit this location and take a great photo.

I apologize that I could not do better. I have posted the best of the many photos that I have taken. I will continue to try and snap better pictures when I visit this location. Ace
Added by Ace on Sep 08, 2014 5:39 PM
bill schultz
Margaret Sayers 1945
Gave wrong location for Margaret. Should be:
Section 26-Block 21-Lot 53-Grave 1. No marker found for her.
Bill Schultz
Added by bill schultz on Sep 07, 2014 7:23 PM
Sandy Morris
RE: Calvary
Thanks! I am stopping by there after work when I can. It is my new exercise regimen. I plan to try to complete the cemetary so you don't have to put in requests if you don't want to. I will keep going either way.
Added by Sandy Morris on Sep 04, 2014 12:10 PM
RE: Preussner Family at St. Mary's Cemetery
Hi! Correction made and photos posted to the other memorial. Thanks for catching my mistake. I appreciate your patience as I continue to try and reduce the backlog of photo requests at this cemetery. Ace
Added by Ace on Sep 02, 2014 3:59 PM
Preussner Family at St. Mary's Cemetery
Hi! Photos posted for William and Margaret.

Also there:

1. Frank J. Preussner, died 1-29-1897
1. John Preussner, 5-20-1872 - 3-9-1916
2. Wilhelm A. Preussner, 1870 - 1944
3. Peter Preussner, 1864 - 1901
4. Elizabeth Preussner, 1865 - 1949
5. Wilhelm Preussner, died 8-7-1891
6. Julia M. Preussner, died 3-3-1929

If you add photo requests for them I will post the photos that I took.

Added by Ace on Sep 01, 2014 12:35 PM
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