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note, handwritten

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 00607
  • Accession Date:2/12/1985
  • Item Summary:Handwritten note composed upon the reverse surface of a Konica Medical Corporation business card belonging to, "JOSEPH FOLEY, B.S.R.T. / Technical Representative". The note is addressed to, "Tom", is from, "Joe", is undated, and reads, "Your family is scattered to the winds like fallen leaves. / I am here. / I remember. / Rest in Peace." The artifact was left at The Wall by Joseph Foley between November 1984 - February 1985.

card, sealed unopened greeting

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 00611
  • Accession Date:2/12/1985
  • Item Summary:Sealed, unopened greeting card dedicated to U.S. Navy Seaman (SN) Leonard Ray Davis. The envelope housing the greeting card directs the card to SN Davis at the, "VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL / CONSTITUTION GARDENS / WASHINGTON D.C.", is addressed from, "RICHARDS OS-3 [...] USS BUCHANAN DDG-14", and bears a handwritten postscript reading, "P.S. KEEP THE PEACE BROTHER, KEEP THE PEACE". The artifact was left at The Wall by a U.S. Navy veteran identified only by the last name, "RICHARDS" between November 1984 - February 1985.

card, bi-fold greeting


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 00610
  • Accession Date:2/12/1985
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: N/A
  • Item Summary:Bi-fold, Christmas Originals brand greeting card & greeting card envelope. The interior surface of the Christmas card bears a handwritten inscription from, "K. Foley", dated, "Christmas 1984", which reads, "To you who did not return, who's [sic] families feel your absence and an emptiness this holiday season; / for you who returned and live with your memories; / may you draw strength from those memories and find peace this day and in days to come." The artifact was left at The Wall by K. Foley on the occasion of the Christmas holiday, December 25, 1984.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00005
  • Record Component Qty:2
  • Item Description:BI-FOLD GREETING CARD & GREETING CARD ENVELOPE. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A CHRISTMAS ORIGINALS BRAND, CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY GREETING CARD PRINTED IN RED, GOLD, BROWN, GREEN, YELLOW, GRAY, WHITE, PINK, & BLACK INK UPON A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, BI-FOLD SHEET OF WHITE, UNLINED CARDSTOCK. AT THE EXTERIOR, OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE CARD IS AN EMBOSSED GRAPHIC REPRODUCTION DEPICTING A CORNUCOPIA IN FRONT OF A GREEN BACKGROUND FIELD, FITTED WITH A LENGTH OF RED & GOLD TRIMMED RIBBON TIED INTO A BOW AND FILLED TO OVERFLOWING WITH MULTICOLORED, WRAPPED CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY PRESENTS, A BRASS HORN, GREEN/RED/GRAY CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENT BULBS, A RED & WHITE STRIPED CANDY CANE, A GLASS JAR FILLED WITH PINK & GREEN MATERIAL, AND GREEN HOLLY WITH RED BERRIES. THE GRAPHIC DEPICTION OF THE CORNUCOPIA IS SURROUNDED BY A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, RED & GOLD COLORED FRAME BEARING NUMEROUS GREEN & GOLD COLORED DOTS. AT THE CENTER OF THE INTERIOR, PROPER LEFT-HAND SURFACE OF THE GREETING CARD IS AN INSCRIPTION PRINTED IN RED INK AND CURSIVE SCRIPT READING, "THE HAPPIEST OF WISHES TO YOU AT CHRISTMAS AND FOR THE NEW YEAR". HANDWRITTEN IN BLUE INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS ABOVE THE PRINTED INSCRIPTION AT THE UPPER EDGE OF THE INTERIOR, PROPER LEFT-HAND SURFACE OF THE CARD IS A DATE READING, "CHRISTMAS 1984". HANDWRITTEN IN BLUE INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT BELOW THE PRINTED INSCRIPTION AT THE LOWER EDGE OF THE INTERIOR, PROPER LEFT-HAND SURFACE OF THE CARD IS AN INSCRIPTION FROM, "K. FOLEY" READING, "TO YOU WHO DID NOT RETURN, WHO'S [sic] FAMILIES FEEL YOUR ABSENCE AND AN EMPTINESS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON; / FOR YOU WHO RETURNED AND LIVE WITH YOUR MEMORIES; / MAY YOU DRAW STRENGTH FROM THOSE MEMORIES AND FIND PEACE THIS DAY AND IN DAYS TO COME." PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS AT THE LOWER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER AND ALONG THE LOWER, CENTER EDGE OF THE EXTERIOR, REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE CARD IS THE MANUFACTURER/SUPPLIER'S INFORMATION, "18 / ©CHRISTMAS ORIGINALS® / 500403 / MADE IN U.S.A." THE GREETING CARD WAS ORIGINALLY DISCOVERED AT THE WALL HOUSED INSIDE A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED GREETING CARD ENVELOPE COMPRISED OF RED, UNLINED PAPER WITH A TRIANGULARLY SHAPED, ADHESIVE CLOSURE FLAP AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE.
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the printed & handwritten inscriptions upon the various object surfaces of the greeting card is transcribed in full, as follows: [Interior, proper left-hand surface, printed inscription] "The happiest of wishes to You at Christmas and for the New Year" / [Exterior, reverse object surface, printed inscriptions] "18 / ©CHRISTMAS ORIGINALS® / 500403 / Made in U.S.A." / [Interior, proper left-hand surface, handwritten inscriptions] "Christmas 1984 / To you who did not return, who's [sic] families feel your absence and an emptiness this holiday season; / for you who returned and live with your memories; / may you draw strength from those memories and find peace this day and in days to come. / K. Foley"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 8.7g (Weight of greeting card only)
    • Item Length: 17.7cm
    • Item Width: 12.7cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: N/A
  • Item Notes:Dimensions listed above are for the folded greeting card only. Measurements for the unfolded greeting card and the greeting card envelope are as follows:

    [Unfolded greeting card]:
    17.7cm (L) X 25.2cm (W) X 8.7g (Weight)

    [Greeting card envelope]:
    13.0cm (L) X 18.3cm (W) X 4.9g (Weight)
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Items left at The Wall - The Virtual Collection

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated on November 13, 1982. Shortly thereafter, visitors to the Memorial began leaving items in memoriam to those killed and missing service members listed on The Wall. These artifacts now collectively comprise the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection -- a museum collection of more than 400,000 items held in the public trust by the National Park Service. Today, this Collection is among the largest and most actively researched collections in the National Capital Region.

The Collection is jointly curated by National Mall and Memorial Parks and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF). The VVMF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that relies upon public donations to continue its work, and receives no federal funding.