While visiting some cemeteries you may notice that headstones of soliders have coins on them. Do specific coins have specific meanings?

According to Snopes, each coin has a specific purpose. Here's a breakdown of each purpose so you know what to leave:

A penny at the grave means simply that you visited. A nickel indicates that you and the deceased trained at boot camp together. A dime means you served with the solider in some capacity. A quarter, the biggest coin, has the biggest meaning. This means when at the grave, you are telling the family that you were with the soldier when they were killed.

According to tradition, the money left at graves in national cemeteries and state veterans cemeteries is eventually collected, and the funds are put toward maintaining the cemetery or paying burial costs for indigent veterans.

Now that you know, you'll know what coins to bring to pay your respects.


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