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Family of fallen Marine finds comfort in tokens of respect left on grave

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The family of a fallen Dubois County Marine is finding comfort in some small tokens of respect left on his grave.  

Lance Corporal Alec Terwiske was killed in Afghanistan in 2012 and he's buried in Celestine. 

His mother, Sandy Terwiske, and sister, Codi, say during a recent visit to the cemetery, they found several pennies, a dime, and a quarter lying on the grave.

After researching online, they discovered the grave coins are a military tradition. Leaving a penny means simply someone visited. A dime means whoever left it served with the deceased. A quarter is left by someone who was with the service member when he or she died.

"I came down here one day, and I saw two pennies sitting on the grave. I just was so ecstatic. I took pictures and sent it to mom. I think it's awesome that they do that. It's just a little token of respect that, you know, people are still coming by, remembering him and they care," Codi says.

There are seven coins on Alec's grave. Codi and Sandy know where some of the coins came from, but others are a mystery to them. The say that knowing strangers remember Alec is a great comfort.

To see more photos, click here Angels for Alec Terwiske Memorial Facebook page.

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