note, handwritten
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From the collection of the National Park Service, National Mall and Memorial Parks.

note, handwritten

CATALOG NUMBER

VIVE 34789

ACCESSION DATE

03/21/1991

ITEM SUMMARY

Handwritten note. The note is signed, "John ('67 - 69)" and reads, "We will always be remembered as that half generation of fools turned drug crazed killers of children who lost a non war and had the audacity to come home [...] Thank god it's changing / Thank god for this wall. / Welcome Home." The artifact was left at The Wall by a Vietnam veteran identified only as, "John" between January - March 1991.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

HANDWRITTEN NOTE. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A NOTE HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND CURSIVE SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS UPON A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF WHITE, LINED, TWO (2)-HOLE PUNCHED SPIRAL NOTEBOOK PAPER. AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, THE SHEET BEARS THE HEADING, "ASSIGNMENTS" PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND ITALICIZED SCRIPT CENTERED ABOVE TWO (2) COLUMNS LABELED, "CLASS" (PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT THREE (3) TIMES ALONG THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE SHEET) AND, "DATE" (PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT THREE (3) TIMES ALONG THE PROPER LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE SHEET). THE NOTE IS COMPOSED IN TEXT ORIENTED VERTICALLY TO THE PROPER ORIENTATION OF THE SHEET, IS SIGNED, "JOHN ('67 - 69)", AND READS, "WE WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED AS THAT HALF GENERATION OF FOOLS TURNED DRUG CRAZED KILLERS OF CHILDREN WHO LOST A NON WAR AND HAD THE AUDACITY TO COME HOME." A POSTSCRIPT TO THE NOTE READS, "THANK GOD IT'S CHANGING / THANK GOD FOR THIS WALL. / WELCOME HOME." THE SAME PRE-PRINTED 'ASSIGNMENT/CLASS/DATE' HEADING & COLUMN SCHEME OBSERVED AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE IS IDENTICALLY PRINTED AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE.

ACCESSION GROUP

VIVE-00081

RECORD COPONENT QTY

1

ASSOCIATED ITEM TEXT

Text of the handwritten & printed inscriptions upon the obverse & reverse object surfaces is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, printed inscriptions] "Assignments / Class / Class / Class / Date / Date / Date" / [Obverse object surface, handwritten inscriptions] "We will always be remembered as that half generation of fools turned drug crazed killers of children who lost a non war and had the audacity to come home. / John ('67 - 69) / Thank god it's changing / Thank god for this wall. / Welcome Home." / [Reverse object surface, printed inscriptions] "Assignments / Class / Class / Class / Date / Date / Date"

ITEM DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

Item Weight: 1.75g
Item Length: 18.8cm
Item Width: 12.6cm