Circa partner WJLA News has been working on a documentary for most of 2016 about items left behind at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington.
These very personal and intimate objects, like a rotor blade from a downed helicopter, speak not only to sacrifice but ultimately to our deepest desire to heal from a complicated and painful past.
We'd highly recommend that you watch the documentary. It can be found on their website.
The documentary tells the story of the National Park Service National Capital Region Museum Resource Center, which houses millions of treasured artifacts from America’s past.
Writings, records and artwork from National Park Service sites in the D.C. region, like Ford’s Theater and the Frederick Douglas estate, are carefully preserved and stored here when not on display.
WJLA reporterJay Korff has more.
Jay Korff and Kevin Drennen contributed to this story.