Have you ever seen a coin laying on a grave stone? Marking a grave stone of a fallen soldier with a coin is a sign of remembrance this lets his or her family know that someone had visited. This tradition is said to have begun in the U.S. during the Vietnam era as message to a soldier’s family that someone had came to pay their respects.
Marking graves with coins may or may not have been a tradition of the past, but it can be a new tradition for you this Memorial Day. Each denomination of coin has a special meaning; leave a penny means you visited to pay your respects. A nickel means you and the deceased soldier trained together at boot camp and a dime means you served with him in another capacity. A quarter means you served with the soldier when he was killed.
Leaving coins on headstones is said to have started in the U.S. during the Vietnam War, because of the politics and controversy over the war in Vietnam and many soldiers did not feel comfortable with the possibility of arguing politics relating to war. In order to let the family know someone had visited the grave money was left instead. Some veterans would also leave coins as a “down payment” to buy their fallen comrade a beer or play a hand of card when they would finally be reunited.
On Memorial Day visit the graves of your local veterans and start a tradition in your own community and leave coins honoring their service. If you don’t have the proper coin, any coin left is acceptable.
Another item being left permanently on a grave is the QR scan code, now why would someone do that you ask? According to Living Headstone makers at Monument.com these QR codes are placed on new or existing graves for visitors to scan and learn about the person. There are many times that one reads a tombstone and wonders about who was buried there, visitors can scan the code with their cell phone and learn more about the person from their memorial page.
The person has their own page similar to a Facebook page and friends and family can leave comments about their loved one.
Genealogy could play a big part in people having these QR codes placed on their grave or it could be a family member such as a grandparent they never met or just a curious stranger.Scanning the QR code takes you to a website that shows photos and information about that person for visitors, future generations or until the QR scan is no longer viable.
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