Letters on the Wall: Offerings and Remembrances from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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Since its creation in 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial has become the most visited National Park Services site. Each year, 4.5 million people come to the Wall. Many of them leave letters or other special objects. Every night, park rangers collect and inventory these mementos—now numbering well over 90,000—and put them into government storage.

Michael Sofarelli, the son of a Vietnam War veteran, has combed through the archives searching for the most gripping letters and ...

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Overview

Since its creation in 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial has become the most visited National Park Services site. Each year, 4.5 million people come to the Wall. Many of them leave letters or other special objects. Every night, park rangers collect and inventory these mementos—now numbering well over 90,000—and put them into government storage.

Michael Sofarelli, the son of a Vietnam War veteran, has combed through the archives searching for the most gripping letters and objects: a mother awaiting word of her missing son, a former comrade recounting a battle story, a pair of well-worn ballet slippers, and a collection of cigars. These items are not only a tribute to the fallen soldiers; they pay tribute as well to the families and friends who waited at home and the comrades who have never forgotten their brothers. They tell the story of a war that is still being fought by many who served and a conflict that changed the lives of many Americans forever.

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Nelson DeMille
"I was very moved by LETTERS ON THE WALL, it brought back a lot of memories...a great book."
-Nelson DeMille
“I was very moved by LETTERS ON THE WALL, it brought back a lot of memories...a great book.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061148774
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/31/2006
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 7.93 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Sofarelli is an award-winning creative director and graphic designer. He is the son of a United States Marine who received the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in combat during the Vietnam War. He lives with his family on Long Island, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2006

    A tribute and great book

    As a Marine who served in Vietnam I keep many haunting emotions bottled up inside me. I always thought I was alone in feeling this way. After reading this book, I cried for the first time and did not feel ashamed. This book is a tribute to all who served and should be read by everyone who served or knew someone who served in Vietnam or any War.This is one of the most amazing books I have ever read. It made me proud to be a Marine, and even more proud to be an American. Jan Scruggs (VVMF) wrote in the Foreword, 'There are just some books that need to be written, Letters on the Wall is certainly one of them.' I couldn't agree more...Semper Fi.

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