Why coins are placed on the graves of fallen soldiers

Coins placed on top of a grave in a military cemetery (WJW)

CANTON, OH (CNN) – Memorial Day honors those who served their country and made the ultimate sacrifice. If your observance takes you to a cemetery, you may notice coins placed on top of military tombstones.

There is a special meaning behind each one.

Photojournalist Ali Ghanbari of WJBF’s CNN affiliate WJW followed Col. Dave Taylor, a Vietnam veteran, as he visited a local military cemetery ahead of this Memorial Day. Col. Taylor explains the significance of each coin. Click on the video above to watch.

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