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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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Michael Lemke
Thanks much...nice to fill this one out..
Added by BJ on Aug 17, 2014 4:19 AM
Kollars & Breiers at St. Mary's Cemetery
Hi! I posted photos for Lillian and Bertha Kollar at St. Mary's Cemetery in Evergreen Park, Illinois. I did not find the graves of Walter and Joseph Breier, but as their are very few in-ground markers throughout this section it is possible that they do exist. I did not see them on my first walk-through of the section.

Also there:

1. George Breier, 1874 - 1944
2. Bertha Breier, 1875 - 1939
3. Irene [Breier] Hanus, 10-12-1903 - 8-30-1920
4. Robert Hanus, 8-17-1920, 6-23-1921
5. Adam Breier, unreadable dates
6. Sophie [Altmann] Breier, 2-11-1876 - 5-20-1919

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

Added by Ace on Aug 11, 2014 2:31 AM
RE: Nicholas eischens
Yes, both Nicholas Eischens (an infant and a young child) are children of Jacob and Anna Kollei Eischens
Added by DD on Aug 10, 2014 1:02 PM
RE: Nicholas eischens
Yes, both are children of Jacob and Anna Kollei Eischens. One was an infant death, a twin of Susanna, also an infant death. The other child died at about 6 or 7 years of age.
Added by DD on Aug 10, 2014 9:11 AM
Sandy Morris
RE: Ben schoenecker
You are welcome!
Added by Sandy Morris on Aug 02, 2014 4:12 PM
Sandy Morris
RE: Ben schoenecker
It was upside down! I deleted it and re uploaded it right side up. It isn't the greatest photo. The next time I get there I think I am going to re-do it.
Added by Sandy Morris on Aug 02, 2014 3:33 PM
Karon Dunifin
RE: Eliakim Hammond Photo request
You are welcome I just happened to find it trying to make sure that the photo request were for people truly buried there.

Karon Dunifin
Added by Karon Dunifin on Aug 02, 2014 2:15 PM
Catherine Lies DeMoully
You are wise to want proof of relationships and I hope that you find it.
Added by DESchuett on Aug 02, 2014 12:04 PM
Karon Dunifin
Eliakim Hammond Photo request
You have a photo request in McDowell Cemetery Allegan MI. for Eliakim Hammond. If you go to this website there is a photo of his headstone there, ask permission of the person who took it and hopefully they will share or fill your request. The website is you will need to scroll down to McDowell cemetery then click on the camera and find Eliakim.

Karon Dunifin
Added by Karon Dunifin on Aug 02, 2014 6:45 AM
Shirley C
Plentyood Montana - Schnittgen
We got all three requests done.

Shirley C
Virginia Kysh
Added by Shirley C on Jul 24, 2014 10:22 AM
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