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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.

poem, printed

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 00616
  • Accession Date:2/12/1985
  • Item Summary:Printed poem entitled, "THE 'V' - NOT FORGETTING - 1984" by author, "Tom Rutt [?]" In content, the poem employs the rhetorical device of the 'V' shaped design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) to speak of what remains in life for the author wrestling with survivor's guilt following the humor, anger, blame, brutality, death, and grief inherent to the Vietnam War and era and the loss of cherished comrades. The artifact was left at The Wall by Vietnam veteran Tom Rutt [?] between November 1984 - February 1985.

note, handwritten


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Photo Credit: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Inc.

Photo Credit: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Inc.
  • Catalog Number:VIVE 00612
  • Accession Date:2/12/1985
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: N/A
  • 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.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00005
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:HANDWRITTEN NOTE. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A NOTE HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK MARKER AND CURSIVE SCRIPT UPON A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF WHITE, LINED PAPER TORN FROM A SPIRAL NOTEBOOK CALENDAR PAGE DATED FEBRUARY 1986. THE HANDWRITTEN INSCRIPTION UPON THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE SHEET READS, "I'M SO SORRY FRANKIE - / I KNOW WE LEFT YOU - / I HOPE YOU DIDN'T SUFFER TOO MUCH - / GIVE THEM HELL-". THE YEAR, "1986" IS PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND ARABIC NUMERALS AT THE UPPER, CENTER EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE SHEET. THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE SHEET ALSO BEARS NUMEROUS HORIZONTAL, PARALLEL LINES PRE-PRINTED IN BROWN INK AND CORRESPONDING TO DATES FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY 1986 (E.G. "FEB. 1", "FEB. 2", ETC.) PRINTED IN A SINGLE COLUMN IN BLACK INK AND ITALICIZED SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS ALONG THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE SHEET. ALONG THE UPPER, CENTER EDGE OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE SHEET THE PHRASE, "1985 COMMEMORATIVE DAYS, HOLIDAYS AND HOLY DAYS" IS PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS. THE TITLES OF TWENTY-TWO (22) RECOGNIZED HOLIDAYS AND HOLY DAYS (E.G. "NEW YEAR'S DAY", "MEMORIAL DAY", "YOM KIPPUR", ETC.) ARE PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND ITALICIZED SCRIPT IN A SINGLE COLUMN ALONG THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND EDGE OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE SHEET. TWENTY-TWO (22) DATES CORRESPONDING TO THE PREVIOUSLY REFERENCED LIST OF HOLIDAYS AND HOLY DAYS ARE PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND ITALICIZED SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS IN A SINGLE COLUMN ALONG THE PROPER LEFT-HAND EDGE OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE SHEET.
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the handwritten and printed inscriptions upon the obverse and reverse object surfaces is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "I'm so sorry Frankie - / I know we left you - / I hope you didn't suffer too much - / give them hell -" / [Obverse object surface, printed inscriptions] "1986 / FEB. 1 / FEB. 2 / FEB. 3 / FEB. 4 / FEB. 5 / FEB. 6 / FEB. 7 / FEB. 8 / FEB. 9 / FEB. 10 / FEB. 11 / FEB. 12 / FEB. 13 / FEB. 14 / FEB. 15 / FEB. 16 / FEB. 17 / FEB. 18 / FEB. 19 / FEB. 20 / FEB. 21 / FEB. 22 / FEB. 23 / FEB. 24 / FEB. 25 / FEB. 26 / FEB. 27 / FEB. 28" / [Reverse object surface, printed inscriptions] "1985 COMMEMORATIVE DAYS, HOLIDAYS AND HOLY DAYS / NEW YEAR'S DAY JANUARY 1 / LINCOLN'S BIRTHDAY FEBRUARY 12 / ST. VALENTINE'S DAY FEBRUARY 14 / WASHINGTON'S HOLIDAY FEBRUARY 18 / ASH WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 20 / ST. PATRICK'S DAY MARCH 17 / GOOD FRIDAY APRIL 5 / PASSOVER APRIL 6 / EASTER SUNDAY APRIL 7 / MOTHER'S DAY MAY 12 / MEMORIAL DAY MAY 27 / FATHER'S DAY JUNE 16 / INDEPENDENCE DAY JULY 4 / LABOR DAY SEPTEMBER 2 / ROSH HASHANAH SEPTEMBER 16 / YOM KIPPUR SEPTEMBER 25 / COLUMBUS DAY OCTOBER 14 / HALLOWEEN OCTOBER 31 / VETERAN'S DAY NOVEMBER 11 / THANKSGIVING DAY NOVEMBER 28 / HANUKAH DECEMBER 8 / CHRISTMAS DAY DECEMBER 25"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 1.1g
    • Item Length: 15.2cm
    • Item Width: 10.1cm
    • 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.