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Alumni Military Veterans

Crestwood - Haston - Riverside 
Military Alumni ~ Wall of Hero's

The Crestwood High School Administration and Board would like to honor all Crestwood, Haston, and Riverside graduates who served or are serving in the military.  We would like to honor them by hanging their names in the halls of CHS.

If you were in the Military and have not included this information on your profile, please do so.  Also please send an email with your Name, Branch of Service, School, and Year of High School Graduation. If you know of any other Crestwood Military Alumni, please email the same information.

Click for the list of  Military Alumni Names
(List Updated 12/10/23)

Photos of the Veterans Day Tribute (Nov 2013) at Crestwood High School.

Please feel free to stop by the main entrance to the high school and view all the names of our Crestwood, Haston, and Riverside Veterans.

Vietnam War Casualties: 


While visiting some cemeteries you may notice that headstones marking certain graves have coins on them, left by previous visitors to the grave.  These coins have distinct meanings when left on the headstones of those who gave their life while serving in America's military, and these meanings vary depending on the denomination of the coin.

A coin left on a headstone or at the gravesite is meant as a message to the deceased soldier's family that someone else has visited the grave to pay respect. Leaving a penny at the grave means simply that you visited.  A nickel indicates that you and the deceased trained at boot camp together, while a dime means you served with him in some capacity. By leaving a quarter at the grave, you are telling the family that you were with the soldier when he was killed.

According to tradition, the money left at graves in national cemeteries and state veterans cemeteries is eventually collected, and the funds are put toward maintaining the cemetery or paying burial costs for indigent veterans.

In the US, this practice became common during the Vietnam War, due to the political divide in the country over the war; leaving a coin was seen as a more practical way to communicate that you had visited the grave than contacting the soldier's family, which could devolve into an uncomfortable argument over politics relating to the war. Some Vietnam veterans would leave coins as a "down payment" to buy their fallen comrades a beer or play a hand of cards when they would finally be reunited.

The tradition of leaving coins on the headstones of military men and women can be traced as far back as the Roman Empire.