flag, United States national
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From the collection of the National Park Service, National Mall and Memorial Parks.

flag, United States national

CATALOG NUMBER

VIVE 23718

ACCESSION DATE

09/22/1989

ASSOCIATED NAMES ON THE WALL
ITEM SUMMARY

United States national flag, also referred to as an "American" flag, dedicated to U.S. Army Specialist 4 (SP4) Raymond Bernal, Jr. A handwritten inscription upon the ground or field of the flag surface from, "Your Friends / San Jose, Calif." assures SP4 Bernal, Jr. that, "You are in our thoughts. / You made a difference in all of our lives." The artifact was left at The Wall by anonymous donors between August - September 1989.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

UNITED STATES NATIONAL FLAG, ALSO REFERRED TO AS AN, ÔÇťAMERICAN" FLAG, DEDICATED TO U.S. ARMY SPECIALIST 4 (SP4) RAYMOND BERNAL JR. THE OBJECT IS COMPRISED OF RED, WHITE, AND BLUE POLYESTER-BLEND [?] FABRIC WITH A BLUE CANTON CONTAINING FIFTY (50) WHITE, FIVE (5)-POINTED STARS, A FIELD OR GROUND BEARING THIRTEEN (13) ALTERNATING, HORIZONTAL RED AND WHITE STRIPES, AND A HOIST EDGE AFFIXED TO A LENGTH OF WOODEN DOWEL (APPROX. 20.5CM) VIA TWO (2) METAL STAPLES WHICH SERVES AS A FLAGPOLE OR STAFF. THE DOWEL IS PRESENTLY TOPPED WITH AN AFFIXED GOLD COLORED, POLY-PLASTIC STAFF ORNAMENT OR FINIAL. HANDWRITTEN IN BLUE INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT UPON THE WHITE STRIPES OF THE FLAG SURFACE IS AN INSCRIPTION DEDICATED TO, "RAY BERNAL, JR." FROM, "YOUR FRIENDS / SAN JOSE, CALIF.", AND ASSURING HIM THAT, "YOU ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS. / YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE IN ALL OUR LIVES." ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, AN NPS RANGER'S TAG ORIGINALLY DISCOVERED WITH THE OBJECT READ, "8/866".

ACCESSION GROUP

VIVE-00066

RECORD COPONENT QTY

1

ASSOCIATED ITEM TEXT

Text of the handwritten inscription upon the flag surface is transcribed in full, as follows: "Ray Bernal, Jr. / You are in our thoughts. / You made a difference in all of our lives. / Your Friends / San Jose, Calif."

ITEM DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

Item Weight: 5.0g
Item Length: 10.0cm
Item Width: 16.0cm