The Fallen Soldier Battle Cross is a symbolic replacement of a cross, or marker appropriate to an individual service-member's religion, on the battlefield or at the base camp for a soldier who has been killed. It is made up of the soldier's rifle stuck into the ground or into the soldier's boots, with helmet on top, and the boots of the dead soldier can be placed next to the rifle. The purpose is to show honor and respect for the dead at the battle site. The practice started during the American Civil War or maybe earlier as a means of identifying the bodies on the battleground before they were removed. Today, it is an immediate means of showing respect for the dead among the still living members of the troop. It is also a symbol of a private ceremony among those still living as a means to mourn. (source: wikipedia “battlefield cross”)
This commemorative item can be cast in either genuine sterling silver or brass attained from spent ammo casings.
The small version is suited for a fine necklace, whereas the medium and large can be added to next to your dog tags or even on a key-chain.