Since the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) was dedicated in November 1982, more than 400,000 items have been left by visitors as remembrances and tributes. The National Park Service collects, catalogs, and preserves these objects as part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial collection, with curatorial support from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. These offerings range in meaning. There are objects of respect from brothers-in-arms, keepsakes from parents, and tokens left by children for grandparents they will never meet.
Rendering by Ralph Appelbaum Associates