Acts of Respect

Coins atop the resting place of U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jeffrey Hertzog, at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock, Ark., Dec. 17, 2016. The act of leaving coins on a grave dates back to the late seventh century B.C. It took hold in the U.S. during the Vietnam War, when the country was divided over the war. The leaving of a coin tells the veteran’s family of a visit paid out of respect. Each coin denomination sends its own message to the family. A penny denotes the visit. A nickel means the visitor and the deceased veteran trained at boot camp together. Leaving a dime denotes they served together. A person who leaves a quarter is telling the family that they were present when the veteran died. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston/Released)

PHOTO BY: Jeff Walston
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