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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.

I found the following translation from Czech to English
Leden >> January
Unor >> February
Brezen >> March
Duben >> April
Kveten / Kvetna >> May
Cerven >> June
Cervenec >> July
Srpen >> August
Zari >> September
Rijen >> October
Listopad >> November
Prozinec >> December
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Doris Aliff
Please look at the chart on this memorial to see if it is the same person. Please let me know what you think. Thanks
Added by Doris Aliff on Jan 30, 2015 9:03 PM
Doris Aliff
I am looking for more information about this memorial. Do you know if he was married to another person also. Do you know who one or more parent is? Thank you in advance.
Added by Doris Aliff on Jan 26, 2015 4:49 PM
Catherina "Katie" Walerius Grosser
Hi Kathy,

Have removed the parents....any idea where Nicholas & Mary Walerius are buried?

Hope you had a great holiday season..

Added by BJ on Jan 14, 2015 7:34 PM
Anne Doran
Added by PassingTime on Jan 12, 2015 8:34 AM
Anne Doran
If you will re-send the sisters name and memorial # I will try to add the link.
Added by PassingTime on Jan 11, 2015 4:26 PM
Anne Doran
You can only link from child to parents and between spouses. Sorry
Added by PassingTime on Jan 09, 2015 7:27 PM
Elaine E. Nystrom (nee Krawchuk)
St Nicholas Church, New Market
Thank you for the link. It is so wonderful that all this information has been made available online for families researching.
Added by Elaine E. Nystrom (nee Kr... on Jan 05, 2015 7:23 AM
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Wayne Smith
William Wilbanks, Asbury
Thanks for the link; I've accepted your edit.
Added by Wayne Smith on Nov 29, 2014 6:29 AM
Bonnie Miller
Families from Luxembourg
Just wanted to let you know, I posted a photo at the memorial of Mary Ann Koob Herrig #43202644 in case you'd like to see it.

The photo came from an antique photo album I bought in January 2013 from an eBayer in Minnesota. The album belonged to Theodore Hoxmeier and was dated 1897 - there was a tiny photo of him glued to the first page.

Usually I take an album apart and sell the photos separately, but while researching I found that most of the people in the photos were from Luxembourg and Iowa....then I found Robert Arens' web site, where almost all the people in the album were mentioned, and he bought the album from me.
That web site is
but it looks like it's broken right now.

I still have the scanned images, and have just created a web page so you and others can see the photos. Some of them I've posted at findagrave, but others I couldn't find.

Here's a link to the scanned images

Added by Bonnie Miller on Nov 28, 2014 7:23 AM
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