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Whether or not you attend a special program or decide to spend the day with loved ones you should take a moment to remember the reason for the day.  Take a moment to give thanks to all of the heroes who lost their lives, courageously serving to protect our freedoms. If you visit a cemetery today you might see coins placed on headstones. Read why they are left there below.

Why You'll See Coins on Headstones in Minnesota Cemeteries

Examiner says this tradition of leaving a coin most likely started during the Vietnam War but some say it goes all the way back to the Roman Empire.

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 The kind of coin they leave on the headstone reveals how the relationship with the person. Below you'll see what it means when you see a penny, nickel, dime, and quarter means placed on a headstone.

What Does It Mean When You See a Penny?

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When someone leaves a penny on a headstone they are simply saying they visited. Larger coins reveal closer relationships. Read about those connections below.

Why You'll See Coins on Headstones in Minnesota Cemeteries

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A person that leaves a nickel is someone that attended boot camp with the fallen soldier.

A person that leaves a dime is someone that served with the deceased person.

And, a person that leaves a quarter is someone that was there with the soldier when he or she died.

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