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Honoring Our Heroes: A Tribute to Military Holidays and the Symbolism of Coins on Graves

As Americans, we set aside specific days each year to pay tribute to the men and women serving in our nation's armed forces. These military holidays remind us of the sacrifices made by our service members and their families, and they allow us to express our gratitude and appreciation.


Here is a list of the military holidays recognized in the United States:

1.       Veterans Day- (November 11th): Originally known as Armistice Day, Veterans Day commemorates the signing of the armistice that ended World War I. It honors all military veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces.


2.       Memorial Day- (Last Monday in May): Formerly known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in military service to the United States. It is a time to honor the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.


3.       Armed Forces Day- (Third Saturday in May): Armed Forces Day honors and celebrates the men and women currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. It is a day to recognize their dedication, bravery, and commitment to defending our nation.


4.       Independence Day- (July 4th): While not exclusively a military holiday, Independence Day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America. It is a time to celebrate our nation's freedom and the sacrifices made by those who have fought to protect it.


5.       Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day-(December 7th): This day honors the lives lost in the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, by the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. It serves as a reminder of the importance of vigilance and preparedness in defending our nation.


These military holidays hold significant meaning for Americans across the country, reminding us of the courage, sacrifice, and patriotism of our servicemembers.

In addition to these holidays, another tradition observed in military cemeteries is the placing of coins on graves. Each coin holds its symbolism, representing the gratitude and respect of those who visit the final resting places of our fallen heroes. Here are the meanings behind the coins:


1.       Penny: A penny left on a grave signifies that the visitor stopped by to pay their respects.


2.       Nickel: A nickel indicates that the visitor and the deceased trained at boot camp together.


3.       Dime: A dime signifies that the visitor served with the deceased in some capacity.


4.       Quarter: A quarter left at the grave means that the visitor was present when the deceased was killed in action.

As we observe these military holidays and pay our respects at the graves of our fallen heroes, let us remember the true meaning behind these traditions and honor the legacy of those who have served our nation with courage and honor. We look forward to seeing you visiting at Meadow Green Funeral Home & Cemetery!

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