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    Inscribed Canadian Flag

    After the 9/11 attacks, U.S. embassies and consulates around the world became memorial sites, filled with offerings of all kinds. Condolence gifts included flowers, candles, personal notes, drawings, and mementos. International first responders also expressed their sorrow at the loss of so many who had given their lives in the face of…

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    “We are Americans” Note

    After the 9/11 attacks, U.S. embassies and consulates around the world became memorial sites, filled with offerings of all kinds. Condolence gifts included flowers, candles, personal notes, drawings, and mementos. International first responders also expressed their sorrow at the loss of so many who had given their lives in the face of…

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    Inscribed Firefighter's Helmet

    After the 9/11 attacks, U.S. embassies and consulates around the world became memorial sites, filled with offerings of all kinds. Condolence gifts included flowers, candles, personal notes, drawings, and mementos. International first responders also expressed their sorrow at the loss of so many who had given their lives in the face of…

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    Scholastic Children's Books

    Tragedy struck a diplomatic delegation and their military escorts on April 6, 2013, in southern Afghanistan. A young diplomat named Anne Smedinghoff, three U.S. soldiers, and an Afghani interpreter were killed in a car bomb blast that targeted their group as they were delivering books to a boys' school. Anne was a…

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    Signed Copy of House Resolution 786

    Following a deteriorating security situation in Libya and attacks on U.S. properties elsewhere in the region, the U.S. government compound in the Libyan city of Benghazi came under a heavy and deadly attack on the evening of September 11, 2012. The U.S. Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens was at the compound…

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    Howard County, Maryland Police Patch

    In the first half of 2020, the U.S. Department of State made extraordinary efforts to bring home more than 98,000 American citizens stuck overseas as the COVID-19 pandemic sparked quarantines and canceled flights. This patch was handed to the U.S. Ambassador in Cameroon, Peter Barlerin, by an evacuee of the COVID-19 pandemic…

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    Michael Metrinko's Medal of Valor

    Before the Iran hostage crisis began on November 9, 1979, American diplomats in Iran faced the ongoing challenges of serving during the Iranian revolution, which had been unfolding since early 1978. Michael Metrinko, who was the U.S. Consul in Tabriz, Iran faced a chaotic and violent situation in early 1979. Metrinko opted…

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    USAID Dog Vest

    The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance partners with internationally-certified urban search and rescue teams – such as the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department – to bring needed K9 units to disaster areas. Vests such as this one are worn by K9 units during search-and-rescue efforts.

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    CORDS Team 18 Plaque

    Plaque honoring the service of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Officer David Lazar, from his colleagues of the Civil Operations and Revolutionary Development Support (CORDS) Advisory Team 18, South Vietnam, 1971.

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    Ambassador vanden Heuvel's Suit

    On April 30, 1980 – the eve of May Day – two protestors with Communist sympathies burst into U.N. Security Council chamber and splashed William vanden Heuvel, deputy U.S. ambassador to the U.N., and Soviet Ambassador Oleg Troyanovsky with bucketfuls of red paint. The protestors’ aim was to accuse the U.S. and…