You may have seen the practice of putting rocks, flowers or dirt on top of a headstone to show that someone was there to pay their respects. What about a penny or dime, or any other coin? A penny on a headstone means so much more than just a visit.
Dave Malenfant was visiting the National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan, when he saw some coins on top of a headstone. Then he saw more on another one, and then more on another one. He knew that there was a deeper meaning to the practice and decided to look into it.
Leaving a nickel means that whoever came to visit was in the same bootcamp or in another military training course with the fallen soldier. Men and women in our armed forces have a special bond that those who haven’t fought for this country will never understand.
Leaving a quarter means that whoever came to visit the site was actually there at the time when the soldier died. This image is so moving and so beautiful. Those on the outside could never truly understand what memories that quarter holds.
It is believed that this tradition started during the Vietnam War. Because our country was so divided at the time and things were so tumultuous, it was a silent but powerful way for a veteran to come and pay their respects to the family of a fallen soldier.
Once the coins start to add up, National Cemeteries go around and collect the coins and then donate them to a special cause. Some cemeteries use the funds to maintain the cemetery grounds while some even donate them to charities who take care of veterans. What a beautiful way to pay your respects to those who has fought for this country.