Finding Aid for the Wall That Heals Collection
Many notes, photos, computer printouts of service information from the Wall website, and other paper memorials were left at The Wall. The majority of the items had names but a few of the memorials were not labeled or were intended as a thank you to all. Other items left at the wall include wreaths, M.I.A. bracelets, medals, pins, flowers, and even personal items such as a teddy bear. When fresh flowers were left at The Wall, the flower cards were removed, the location noted, and only the cards were kept. The flower cards have been grouped either by cards that were unsigned to unknown soldiers, ones that were signed to unknown soldiers, and those that were given to a specific soldier. Some cards to soldiers only list their first name. The numbers (section and line) and letters (E=east, W=west) following an entry indicate the location of the individual on The Wall or the location where an item was left. The collection has been arranged by item type and then alphabetical by soldiers’ name when known.