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Combat boots left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., in 1984Combat boots left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., in 1984

Since the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in 1982, countless offerings have been left at "The Wall" in memory of the more than fifty-eight thousand soldiers whose names are engraved on its surface. The National Park Service, which collects and preserves these mementos, loaned many of them to the Smithsonian in 1992 for an exhibition marking the memorial's tenth anniversary.

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