ln my youth my grandfather who was in the marines during WW2 gifted me a ring that was a copy of the one he wore , but as teens l suspect that my brother stole it as l know l did not misplace it , now that he has been gone for a few years now l miss him and pretty much the only thing he ever gave me , so my question is is it disrespectful to him and other vets if l replace it myself being that l never server in the armed forces .
I vote no, but you could take the money you want to spend on the ring and donate to the VA or Wounded Warrior Project in honor of your Grandfather.
l was wanting a replacement to put into a treasure box that my child could wonder at and ask questions about . As for the $160 dollars it would cost to replace , l have spent ten times that over the years on donations to various return servicemen charities .
I'd put the $160 in a fund for his college.
Jon , l pretty much already have that sorted .
My opinion: Spend the money on something else.
So you're asking if it's appropriate to replace a lost copy of a ring with another copy?
Yes thats what im asking .
You don't actually wear it do you?
As a kid l did wear it in my room and just before l lost it , l think l was about sixteen/seventeen l would wear it every now and then on a necklace .
If you don't actually wear it, I don't see any problem replacing the copy, keeping it in a treasure box for your son and using it as a piece to begin a discussion about the sacrifices that were made and to honor of your Grandfather by keeping his memory alive in another generation.
If you have the means and the good intentions do it