Artifacts are important to archaeologists and historians because they are first-hand sources that tell a small part of a vastly larger story. Personal artifacts hold a much deeper meaning because they connect us directly to a certain point in our own personal history. Artifacts of war hold a special meaning of a most complicated story that was personal for millions of soldiers who bravely fought for their countries.
To some, they remain buried treasures of a storied past waiting to be rediscovered. To be collected, donated, displayed, and talked about for generations. Artifacts have a way of finding themselves back where they started.