As a consumer-driven society, we are taught that money can buy you lots of things. So when you see free money just lying around, your first gut instinct may be to grab it and run like the wind!
If there’s a lonely dime hanging out on the sidewalk, you don’t harbor any guilt about picking it up off the ground and dropping it into your purse. After all, there’s really no way to trace its owner. As the saying goes, finders keepers!
There’s also another place that you may spot a few coins, but it’s definitely “hands off.” Taking even a single penny is easily the most disrespectful thing you can ever do in life! At some point or another, most of us will find ourselves in a cemetery to pay our respects to a loved one.
There has been a growing trend to place coins on certain headstones. However, the groundskeeper or grave digger didn’t just empty their pockets while they were working, and forget to take their belongings back.
There’s actually a very special reason why those coins were placed on that particular grave site, and it represents something greater than just mere currency.
Honoring the deceased is an age-old tradition that goes back centuries. When it comes to pomp and circumstance, the ancient Egyptians were the biggest show-offs, and built huge pyramids to house their dead like royalty. Yet, even peasants from a hundred years ago could still hope to get a tearful send off and a simple burial in some type of dirt.
Ultimately, it’s not the size of the headstone, the cost of the burial plot, or even how many flowers and people show up to the funeral that matter. Because, one way or the other, all of us end up in the ground.
It’s what the living do for each other after we’re long gone that truly pays homage to our life and memory.
It may be hard to believe, but the humble penny says more about honoring the dead than a hundred million pyramids ever could.
Men and women who serve in our armed forces garner a certain admiration from their brothers and sisters in arms. There is a tight fraternity-like bond that forms between soldiers that train or serve together. When a soldier passes into the great beyond, their loving military family still honors them here on Earth.
While deceased military heroes don’t get their own pyramid, they do get something even better than that – the everlasting respect and love of their military brothers and sisters. That, my friends, is worth more than any treasure in the world.
The fact that the coins themselves don’t have much monetary value doesn’t belittle what it symbolizes. Its true value is in helping to soothe the broken hearts of the soldier’s grieving family members.