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poem, printed

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 34970
  • Accession Date:11/24/1987
  • Item Summary:Printed poem. The poem is entitled, "MY WALL", is authored by, "Mark Hoplin", is dated, "1985", and reads (in part), "We came home on a jet, / watched our country forget. / Most all feel the pain, / a few even know shame. / I can not shed a tear, / perhaps I am not here. / My name is not there, / and I've looked everywhere. / I reflect in it's [sic] shine, / but this wall is not mine. / I have built my own wall, / and it is much to [sic] tall." The artifact was left at The Wall by U.S. military veteran Mark Hoplin between October - November 1987.

medal, commemorative

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 38367
  • Accession Date:11/24/1987
  • Item Summary:Commemorative medal. The obverse surface of the medal bears a raised relief design depicting a Bell UH-1 Iroquois "Huey" helicopter in flight in addition to the inscriptions, "VIETNAM / VETERAN / "I SERVED MY COUNTRY" ", while the reverse surface bears the inscription, " "THANK YOU" / FRANK BIANCO / ROCHESTER, MICH." The artifact was left at The Wall along with three (3) associated non-military issue, commemorative service identification tags, also referred to as "dog tags", (VIVE (6893 - 6895)) by Frank Bianco between October - November 1987.

patch, commemorative


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 34976
  • Accession Date:11/24/1987
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: N/A
  • Item Summary:Commemorative "VIETNAM REMEMBERED" patch. The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between October - November 1987.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00046
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:COMMEMORATIVE PATCH. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A BLACK AND GOLD FABRIC PATCH IN THE FORM OF A CIRCULARLY SHAPED BLACK DISC WITH AN EMBROIDERED BLACK EXTERIOR BORDER. A GRAPHIC REPRESENTATION OF THE THREE SERVICEMEN STATUE IS EMBROIDERED IN GOLD THREAD AT THE CENTER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE PATCH, ALONG WITH THE COPYRIGHT SYMBOL, "©" AT THE LOWER, PROPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF THE GRAPHIC. THE PHRASE, "VIETNAM" IS EMBROIDERED IN GOLD, ARCHED, BLOCK SCRIPT ALONG THE UPPER EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE PATCH, WHILE THE CORRESPONDING PHRASE, "REMEMBERED" IS SIMILARLY EMBROIDERED IN GOLD, BLOCK SCRIPT ALONG THE LOWER EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE.
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the embroidered inscription upon the obverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: "VIETNAM / REMEMBERED / ©"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 3.9g
    • Item Length: 7.7cm diameter
    • Item Width: N/A
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: 7.8cm (Diameter) / 24.5cm (Circumference) / 0.2cm (Thickness)
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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.