From the collection of the National Park Service, National Mall and Memorial Parks.
set, Christmas ornament
Set of four (4) Christmas holiday ornaments dedicated to U.S. Army Sergeant (SGT) William Reed Stocks. Each of the four (4) ornaments is in the form of a miniature snow sled, and all bear handwritten messages of love, remembrance, and wishes for a Merry Christmas to SGT Stocks from members of his immediate family. The artifact set was left at The Wall by the family of SGT Stocks on the occasion of the Christmas holiday, December 25, 1984.
SET OF FOUR (4) CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY ORNAMENTS DEDICATED TO U.S. ARMY SERGEANT (SGT) WILLIAM REED STOCKS. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF FOUR (4) CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY ORNAMENTS, EACH IN THE FORM OF A MINIATURE SNOW SLED AND COMPRISED OF NUMEROUS CUT LENGTHS OF WOODEN POPSICLE STICKS PAINTED RED AND AFFIXED TOGETHER VIA A CLEAR, ADHESIVE CHEMICAL MATERIAL. EACH OF THE ORNAMENTS BEARS TWO (2) CIRCULARLY SHAPED HOLES DRILLED INTO A CONSTITUENT LENGTH OF POPSICLE STICK, THROUGH WHICH A LENGTH OF DECORATIVE CORD WAS ONCE THREADED AND KNOTTED IN ORDER TO PROVIDE A MEANS TO HANG THE ORNAMENT UPON A CHRISTMAS TREE. ONE (1) OF THE ORNAMENTS STILL BEARS A LENGTH OF SILVER & WHITE COLORED CORD STRUNG THROUGH THESE HOLES AND KNOTTED INTO PLACE. EACH OF THE ORNAMENTS ALSO BEARS A MESSAGE HANDWRITTEN UPON THE UPPER OBJECT SURFACE IN EITHER SILVER OR GOLD COLORED MARKER AND CURSIVE/BLOCK SCRIPT & ARABIC NUMERALS. THESE HANDWRITTEN MESSAGES ARE FROM FAMILY MEMBERS OF SGT STOCKS, ARE ALL DATED, "[CHRISTMAS] 1984", AND EACH WISHES SGT STOCKS A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND LOVE DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON.
Text of the various handwritten inscriptions upon the four (4) ornaments is transcribed in full, as follows: [Ornament #1, upper object surface, handwritten inscription] "1984 / To Billy / Merry Christmas / With love / Barry" / [Ornament #2, upper object surface, handwritten inscription] "To Billy / My Brother / William R. Stocks / From Mindy" / [Ornament #3, upper object surface, handwritten inscription] "Christmas / To My Brother / William R. Stocks / From sister / Donna" / [Ornament #4, upper object surface, handwritten inscription] "Christmas 1984 / To William R. Stocks / From Mom & Dad / Our Billy / We love you"
Item Weight: 9.4g (Weight of a single ornament only)
Item Length: 11.0cm
Item Width: 6.4cm
Item Depth: 1.5cm (Thickness)