Paying your respects to the dead is a common thing. Particularly when it comes to our men and women in uniform who have died in service to our country.

There is no great reason to pay respect than to the heroes who voluntarily sacrifice their lives for ours.

There are many ways to pay your respects to the deceased, be it carrying them forever in  your heart in gratitude, never speaking ill of them, or sharing their amazing life, and death, with those who need, or want, to know.

The military has a special way of paying their respects, and it is rooted in the word “pay.” Literally. A walk through any cemetery will undoubtedly bring you past the grave site of a veteran.

You might see a variety of coins on the tombstone or marker. Unless you are some sort of depraved individual you walk on past, and perhaps wonder what is up with the loose change.

It turns out there is a lot of meaning behind those coins, as it is an informal and long-standing symbolic language of our servicemen and women.

According to Dave Malefant, a man in the know, the breakdown is as follows:

  • A penny means you stopped by,
  • A nickel indicates you trained in boot-camp with the soldier,
  • A dime means you served with the soldier, and,
  • A quarter means you were there when they gave their life.

We should all be grateful for the service of our fallen heroes, and we should pay attention to this lesson in grace and humility when it comes to paying our respects.

Next time you pass by the final resting place of a soldier, place a penny, at a minimum.

Source: Mad World News

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