The meaning behind the tradition of leaving coins on veterans’ gravestones
On occasion, coins are placed on top of headstones by previous visitors(YouTube)
For those that have visited grave-sites of U.S. veterans, you may have noticed coins on the top of headstones that were left behind by previous visitors.
A coin left on the headstone is a message to the deceased veterans family that someone has visited their grave and payed their respects. Each type of coin left on the top of the headstone for the veteran has its own meaning.
A penny left on the top of the headstone means that the grave-site was visited.
A nickel indicates that the person visiting the site trained at boot camp with the deceased veteran, while a dime means the person served with them in some capacity. A quarter left at the grave means that the person who left the coin was with the veteran when they were killed.
The money placed in national and state veterans cemeteries is collected and put towards future burial costs and cemetery maintenance.
The practice became common in the United States during the Vietnam War as a way to pay their respects to the fallen servicemen.