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May 30th, 2011
10:40 AM ET

Tributes to Vietnam Veterans: The items left behind at the memorial

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is one of the most visited and moving sites in Washington, D.C. Since it was built and dedicated, people have been leaving behind personal letters and mementos for fallen soldiers - items that are gathered at the end of each day and placed in a storage facility.

On American Morning this morning, Jan Scruggs, the founder and President of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and the man who conceived the idea to build the memorial, joins Christine Romans and Alina Cho from a storage facility where all these artifacts are being stored.

For more information, visit Buildthecenter.org.


Filed under: Memorial Day • Military
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  1. Anil Minocha

    The visit to the memorial moves even the hardened of us all. We should all try to visit the memorial to appreciate the the beauty, the warmth and the sacrifices made on behalf of us.
    At the same time, we must not forget that veterans are all around us in our everyday lives and we should always say our thanks to them. Working here in Shreveport , LA VAMC, I come across veterans evryday and such a habit on my part brings sparkle and smile on the faces of the veterans and that is just so precious.

    June 2, 2011 at 8:39 am |
  2. SpareFoot Washington D.C.

    Visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a moving and emotional experience. It's great that the memorial officials are storing the letters and personal mementos that people leave in remembrance of lost ones.

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    May 31, 2011 at 2:47 pm |