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sign, handwritten

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 02460
  • Accession Date:4/22/1986
  • Item Summary:Handmade cardboard sign with a handwritten inscription. The inscription is from a "Linda S." and offers her deepest respect and gratitude for her former husband on their wedding anniversary. The artifact was left at The Wall by Linda S. between March - April 1986.

book, military graduation

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 02876
  • Accession Date:11/3/1989
  • Item Summary:Hardcover military graduation book for Platoon 3070, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina 1968. The book was produced by Albert Love Enterprises of Doraville, Georgia and consists of ninety-four (94) pages illustrated with both color and black & white photographic prints documenting the experience of U.S. Marine Corps recruits of Platoon 3070 during basic training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina in 1968. The artifact was left at The Wall along with another similar graduation book (VIVE (2877)) by an anonymous donor between September - November 1989.

artwork, stained glass


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 02875
  • Accession Date:6/28/1990
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: N/A
  • Item Summary:Stained glass artwork by artist Jess Jespersen of DMZ Productions, Inc. The artwork consists of three (3) separate rows of stained glass panels within a soldered lead frame designed to replicate the appearance of three (3) military issue awards: [from top to bottom] Vietnam Service Medal ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal ribbon, and U.S. Navy & U.S. Marine Corps Combat Action Ribbon (CAR). The artwork was left at The Wall by Jess Jespersen, "For those who served sacrificed and died in Vietnam / and those who died at home after the war" between May - June 1990.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00073
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:STAINED GLASS ARTWORK BY ARTIST JESS JESPERSEN OF DMZ PRODUCTIONS, INC. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF TWENTY-THREE (23) SEPARATE, RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, VARIOUSLY TEXTURED STAINED GLASS PANELS IN COLORS OF RED, YELLOW, BLUE, WHITE, AND GREEN. THE GLASS PANELS ARE ARRANGED IN THREE (3) HORIZONAL ROWS, OR TIERS, WITHIN A SOLDERED LEAD FRAME DESIGNED TO REPRESENT (FROM TOP TO BOTTOM): VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL RIBBON, REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM CAMPAIGN MEDAL RIBBON, AND U.S. NAVY & U.S. MARINE CORPS COMBAT ACTION RIBBON (CAR). FIVE (5), FIVE (5)-POINTED, METALLIC GOLD STARS ARE CONNECTED VIA A SINGLE WIRE AND SOLDERED TO THE CENTER OF THE FIRST (1ST), OR UPPERMOST, TIER FRAME TO REPRESENT GOLD STAR DEVICES AFFIXED TO THE RIBBON FIELD OF THE VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL RIBBON. ADDITIONALLY, A LEAD RIBBON SOLDERED TO THE CENTER OF THE SECOND (2ND), OR CENTER, TIER FRAME AND ENGRAVED WITH THE PHRASE, "1960'S" IS DESIGNED TO REPRESENT A, "1960 - " DEVICE AFFIXED TO THE RIBBON FIELD OF THE REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM CAMPAIGN MEDAL RIBBON. A FURTHER MEMORIAL INSCRIPTION IS ETCHED INTO THE LOWER EDGES OF SEVERAL OF THE STAINED GLASS PANELS WHICH IDENTIFIES THE ART STUDIO WHICH PRODUCED THE PIECE, "DMZ PRODUCTIONS INC" AS WELL AS THE ARTIST, "JESS JESPERSEN" (A FORMER SERVICE MEMBER) ALONG WITH HIS DATES OF SERVICE. AT THE UPPER, PROPER LEFT- AND RIGHT-HAND CORNERS OF THE OBJECT TWO (2) CIRCULAR WIRE LOOPS ARE SOLDERED TO THE LEAD FRAME FOR THE PURPOSE OF HANGING/DISPLAYING OF THE ARTWORK. TURNER BOOK, PG. 223.
  • Associated Item Text: Text of etched inscription upon the stained glass panels is transcribed in full, as follows: "DMZ Productions Inc. / Milw. WI / 414-961-1253 / For those who served sacrificed and died in Vietnam / and those who died at home after the war. / Peace at last. / Jess Jespersen 1968 - 69"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 1750.0g
    • Item Length: 30.5cm
    • Item Width: 37.0cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: 0.5cm (Thickness)
  • 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.