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poem, handwritten

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 01423
  • Accession Date:8/14/1985
  • Item Summary:Handwritten poem entitled, "To My American Brother" by an unidentified author. The poem meditates on the fears of the American serviceman in Vietnam, the pain of loved ones back home, the chilly reception awaiting most Vietnam veterans upon their return home, and the purpose of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) in teaching a new generation about the courage, sacrifices, and strife of those called to serve during the conflict. The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between July - August 1985.

button, POW*MIA

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 01563
  • Accession Date:8/14/1985
  • Item Summary:Commemorative POW*MIA button. The printed inscription at the obverse surface calls attention to the plight of POW*MIA servicemen in Vietnam by reminding the viewer that "THEY STILL WAIT." The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between July - August 1985.

note, handwritten


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 01509
  • Accession Date:8/14/1985
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: SHARON A LANE
  • Item Summary:Handwritten note dedicated to U.S. Army First Lieutenant (1LT) and nurse Sharon Ann Lane. The note is from "Barbara Greenberg, R.N. / Former Major USAR," a fellow Vietnam nurse and member of the 312th Evac Hospital Unit. The note references the donation (in a spirit of peace) of an assemblage of military issue insignia with which the note is associated (VIVE (30808 & 1510 - 1513)) and which MAJ Greenberg left for 1LT Lane as symbols of the war in which she lost her life. The artifact was left at The Wall by former U.S. Army Reserve Major (MAJ) Barbara Greenberg as part of a larger assemblage of artifacts (VIVE (30808 & 1510 - 1513)) on August 3, 1985.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00013
  • Related Items: VIVE 01510 - insignia, U.S. Army officer rank
    VIVE 01511 - insignia, U.S. Army officer rank
    VIVE 01512 - ribbon, Army Meritorious Unit Commendation Award
    VIVE 01513 - ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:HANDWRITTEN NOTE DEDICATED TO U.S. ARMY FIRST LIEUTENANT (1LT) AND HOSPITAL NURSE SHARON ANN LANE. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A HANDWRITTEN NOTE IN BLACK INK AND CURSIVE SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS UPON A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF PURPLE GRAPH PAPER. THE NOTE IS ADDRESSED TO, "SHARON" IS FROM, "BARBARA GREENBERG, R.N.", IS DATED, "8/3/85", AND REFERENCES AN ASSEMBLAGE OF MILITARY ISSUE INSIGNIA LEFT WITH THE NOTE AND OFFERED TO 1LT LANE AS SYMBOLS OF THE VIETNAM WAR FROM ONE NURSE WHO SERVED WITH THE 312TH EVAC HOSPITAL IN VIETNAM TO ANOTHER IN THE SPIRIT OF PEACE. TURNER BOOK, PG. 101. THE OBJECT IS ASSOCIATED WITH VIVE (30808 & 1510 - 1513).
  • Associated Item Text: Text of handwritten note is transcribed in full, as follows: "8/3/85 / Sharon: / I leave with you symbols of the war you lost your life in. / I am a nurse, like you and a former member of the 312 Evac Hospital Unit. / I now work for peace so that young women & men will never have to lose their lives again. / May God rest your soul. / Barbara Greenberg, R.N. / Former Major USAR"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 3.9g
    • Item Length: 22.75cm
    • Item Width: 15.75cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: N/A
  • Item Notes:THE OBJECT WAS PREVIOUSLY USED IN THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS NEW YORK REGIONAL OFFICE (NYRO) EXHIBITION (L.1997.4.VIVE).
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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.