Here’s Why You Might See Coins on Headstones at Cemeteries
Memorial Day isn't about hot dogs and cold beers. Take a moment to give thanks to all of the heroes who lost their lives, courageously serving to protect our freedoms. Service men and women often show their respect with the simple act of placing a coin on the fallen soldier's headstone. Examiner says this tradition most likely started during the Vietnam War.
The kind of coin they leave on the headstone reveals how they knew the person. A penny is left to simply pay respects, A nickel means that the visitor spent time with them at boot camp, A dime means they served together, and a Quarter is left when the visitor was present at the time when their colleague died.
A simple but powerful way to pay respect.