One of the most sacred practices of the human race is honoring the dead. When someone passes away, loved ones keep their memory alive by visiting the grave site and paying their respects. Leaving flowers and other trinkets at the foot of someone's grave has been around for centuries, but have you ever wondered why we do it? In ancient times, people believed that the dead would be able to take whatever objects they were buried with into the afterlife. This is why pharaohs have been discovered with things like jewels and honey in their sarcophaguses.
A slightly more obscure trend is people leaving coins on the graves of fallen soldiers. So, what does something as worthless as a penny mean when it's placed on the grave of someone who has bravely served our country? Facebook user Dave Malenfant shared a story explaining his experience with this practice, and what it means to those who have served. Continue reading to hear what Dave has to say about this remarkable act of remembrance.
"[During the] 'Cleaning of the Stones' at the National Cemetery in Holly, I noticed a quarter placed on one of the stones. Later I also noticed a nickel placed on another stone. I was so touched with this that I took pictures. (Sorry the nickel did not turn out)."
"I googled about the coins and found this out. I am very proud to share this. A coin left on a headstone lets the deceased soldier's family know that somebody stopped by to pay their respect."
"Leaving a penny means you visited. A nickel means that you and the deceased soldier trained at boot camp together. If you served with the soldier, you leave a dime. A quarter is very significant because it means that you were there when that soldier died."
The next time you see coins on someone’s grave, you’ll know exactly what they mean. While this isn’t officially recognized or endorsed by the military, these tiny pieces of metal say a lot about those who bravely defended our freedom.
To see this touching practice in action, check out the video below:
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