Have you ever seen a grave marker with coins all around the edges? Wondered what it meant? I did, so I did some
” While visiting some cemeteries you may notice that headstones marking certain graves have coins on them, left by previous
visitors to the grave.
These coins have distinct meanings when left on the headstones of those who gave their life while serving in America’s
military, and these meanings vary depending on the denomination of coin.
A coin left on a headstone or at the grave site is meant as a message to the deceased soldier’s family that someone else
has visited the grave to pay respect. Leaving a penny at the grave means simply that you visited.
A nickel indicates that you and the deceased trained at boot camp together, while a dime means you served with him in some
capacity. By leaving a quarter at the grave, you are telling the family that you were with the soldier when he was
At my parents graves I have placed what I call a whirly bird. It’s a pinwheel that spins when the wind blows.
My daddy always said that he didn’t want me crying over his grave while he was “pushing up daisies.”
The pinwheel’s serve two purposes. One, it makes me smile when I see them channeling the wind and doing there thing.
A reminder of happier times with my parents.
The second is so I notice the wind and remember that there is a greater power always at work in my life.
I’m not sure why this came to my mind today, but there it is. Whether you leave a penny or flowers or whatever, I
think the sentiment is what counts the most.