AMERICANS THAT DON’T KNOW WHAT MEMORIAL DAY IS FOR! SAN DIEGO-
ITS NOT ABOUT THE BEACH AND BEER AND A DAY OFF WORK
Education is a wonderful thing, please educate yourselves on American History. Teach American history, and show respect, honor those that have fallen to give you the right to freedom.
ONE WAY TO HONOR THE DEAD: LEAVE A COIN ON A HEADSTONE
- A coin left on a headstone let’s 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 was killed.
What happens to the coins after Memorial Day? the money is used for cemetery maintenance, the cost of burial for soldiers, or the care for indigent soldiers.
Supposedly the tradition became popular here in the United States during the Vietnam war. It is believed it was a way to show respect without getting into an uncomfortable political discussion about a war that was very controversial.
In general, however, this tradition can be traced to as far back as the Roman Empire.