The crowd at the 1982 dedication of the memorial.

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Courtesy of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

A watercolor from Maya Lin's entry to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial 1981 design competition.

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Library of Congress

Maya Lin's full contest entry to the 1981 Vietnam Veterans Memorial design contest.

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Library of Congress

The view from apex of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial facing the Washington Monument.

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Library of Congress

An aerial view of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 2009.

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Courtesy of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (JC Cummings)

Kurt Andersen and journalist Laura Palmer visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 2012.

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Eric Molinsky

Offerings left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Memorial Day 2006.

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Library of Congress (Carol M. Highsmith)

The Three Servicemen statue in 2011.

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Courtesy of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (Dan Arant)

The Memorial Resource Center, where any objects left at the monument are stored.

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Eric Molinsky

Duery Felton, the curator of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial collection.

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Eric Molinsky

A peace poncho, a bag of bullets and a pack of Lucky Strikes.

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Eric Molinsky

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