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Friday, July 27, 2012

Pennies for Veterans

Country 104.7 FM WKKY, 95 West Main Street, Geneva is the drop off point for Pennies for Veterans. 

The coins collected will be delivered to Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, Ohio where the donation will help with the burial costs for indigent veterans. Money collected will also help with the upkeep of the cemetery.

The tradition of leaving a coin on the headstone of a veteran began as far back as the Roman Empire. Each denomination of coin signifies a different military relationship.

A penny lets the family know that a visit to the grave site has taken place.

The nickel signifies that the visitor and the deceased trained together at boot camp.

A dime on the headstone signifies that the visitor served with the deceased in some capacity.

The quarter signifies that the visitor was with the service person when they were killed. 

To date the collection fills four large jugs. Visit for a look at the jar currently being filled and further information about the project. 

Coins collected will be delivered to cemetery on Saturday, August 4.

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