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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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Sandy Morris
RE: Kersting photos
Oops got my Anna Kerstings mixed up. Yes, I added the photo of Heinrich's side to his daughters page.
Added by Sandy Morris on Aug 31, 2014 1:11 PM
Sandy Morris
RE: Kersting photos
Actually it is on the side by itself. I added the photo.
Added by Sandy Morris on Aug 31, 2014 12:32 PM
Tom Hintz
We'll look at St Johns then. I know we saw that name.
Added by Tom Hintz on Aug 27, 2014 6:47 PM
Sandy Morris
bruenig family
There is a memorial page for M Bruenig in Calvary Cemetary, Scott County MN. The date of death matches Maximine so I submitted an edit request. There is also a footstone for Matthew Bruenig with the same headstone which I uploaded to the memorial page for Matthew but the dates if birth and death on the memorial page for Matthew are the same as those for Maximine and do not match those on the Matthew footstone. I feel sure this is the correct Matthew and the dates should be changed to those you can see in the photo. Sandy Morris
Added by Sandy Morris on Aug 22, 2014 10:09 PM
Sharon Gerber
RE: Dircks/Backes family
Hi Kathy! I did receive your email! Sorry! I'd forgotten to check that email name, as I haven't been on here for 4 yrs. & forgot it was associated with Find a Grave! I will answer you from there! & THANKS for any transfers! I understand what you mean, about the "early days"!
Added by Sharon Gerber on Aug 22, 2014 1:25 AM

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