Col. Dave Taylor, a Vietnam War veteran, explained the tradition and why.
A coin on a tombstone lets the deceased soldier’s family know that someone came to pay their last respects.
Leaving a dime means you have visited. A nickel means that you and the deceased soldier trained together at boot camp. If you served with the soldier, you leave a dime. A quarter is very important because it means you were there when that soldier was killed.
Taylor says the tradition became popular in the United States during the Vietnam War. It is believed that this was a way to show respect without getting into an awkward political discussion about a very controversial war.
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