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card, bi-fold greeting

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 00610
  • Accession Date:2/12/1985
  • 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.

note, handwritten

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 00612
  • Accession Date:2/12/1985
  • Item Summary:Handwritten note upon a sheet torn from a spiral calendar page dated February 1986. The note reads, "I'm so sorry Frankie - / I know we left you - / I hope you didn't suffer too much - / give them hell -". The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous Vietnam veteran between November 1984 - February 1985.

card, sealed unopened greeting


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 00611
  • Accession Date:2/12/1985
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: LEONARD R DAVIS
  • 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.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00005
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:SEALED, UNOPENED GREETING CARD DEDICATED TO U.S. NAVY SEAMAN (SN) LEONARD RAY DAVIS. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A GREETING CARD HOUSED INSIDE A SEALED, UNOPENED, RECTANGULARLY SHAPED GREETING CARD ENVELOPE COMPRISED OF PLAIN WHITE PAPER WITH A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, ADHESIVE CLOSURE FLAP AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. A RECIPIENT ADDRESS BLOC HANDWRITTEN IN BLUE INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT AT THE CENTER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE GREETING CARD ENVELOPE DIRECTS THE CARD TO, "S.N. LEONARD RAY DAVIS / VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL / CONSTITUTION GARDENS / WASHINGTON D.C." A RETURN ADDRESS BLOC SIMILARLY HANDWRITTEN IN BLUE INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS AT THE UPPER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE GREETING CARD ENVELOPE IDENTIFIES THE SENDER AS, "RICHARDS OS-3 / 545-88-7925 / USS BUCHANAN DDG-14 / 04-17-72". A POSTSCRIPT HANDWRITTEN IN BLUE INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT ALONG THE LOWER EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE GREETING CARD ENVELOPE READS, "P.S. KEEP THE PEACE BROTHER, KEEP THE PEACE". AFFIXED TO THE UPPER, PROPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE GREETING CARD ENVELOPE IS AN ADHESIVE POSTAGE STAMP COMPRISED OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, WHITE BACKGROUND FIELD WITH SERRATED EDGES CHARGED AT THE CENTER WITH A PRINTED GRAPHIC REPRESENTATION DEPICTING VISITORS AT THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM). THE PHRASES, "VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL / USA 20C" ARE PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS ALONG THE LOWER EDGE OF THE POSTAGE STAMP. THE SEALED ENVELOPE HAS SUBSEQUENTLY BEEN ENCASED WITHIN CLEAR POLY-PLASTIC SHEETING THAT IS SECURED AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE VIA MULTIPLE STRIPS OF CLEAR, ADHESIVE PACKING TAPE.
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the handwritten and printed inscriptions upon the obverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, handwritten inscriptions] "RICHARDS OS-3 / 545-88-7925 / USS BUCHANAN DDG-14 / 04-17-72 / S.N. LEONARD RAY DAVIS / VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL / CONSTITUTION GARDENS / WASHINGTON D.C. / P.S. KEEP THE PEACE BROTHER, KEEP THE PEACE" / [Obverse object surface, printed inscriptions] "Vietnam Veterans Memorial / USA 20c"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 25.1g
    • Item Length: 14.0cm
    • Item Width: 20.4cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: N/A
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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.