What is a Fallen Soldier Battle Cross?
A Fallen Soldier Battle Cross, Battlefield Cross, or Battle Cross, is a symbolic representation of a cross to signify the death of a soldier in battle. The practice began during the American Civil War to identify fallen soldiers on the battlefield. The cross is composed of the soldier’s rifle, bayonet attached, dug into the ground, with the helmet resting on top of the rifle, dog-tags hanging off the rifle, and the soldier’s combat boots placed where the rifle meets the ground. The purpose of the Battle Cross is to pay honor and respect to the fallen heroes at the battlefield. Fellow members of the troop typically erect them because it is not possible to hold a funeral while still on the warfront.
Remembering all the men and women who have passed away while serving in the US Military this Memorial Day.