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Solemn tributes to the fallen at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

At the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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By STARS AND STRIPES Published: December 11, 2014

Some are messages from schoolchildren to men who died many years before the students were born. Others are something whose significance will only be known to the person who placed it and the one it honors. Still others show just how deeply losses suffered a half-century ago are still felt by the families and friends they left behind.

Every day, tributes are left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Sometimes there are only a handful; on special occasions there are dozens. But they are always poignant.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is storing these tributes, and many will be displayed at the planned Education Center at the Wall.

Here's a look at just a few of the things left at the Wall in recent years.

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Education Center at The Wall
Education Center at The Wall
Education Center at The Wall