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Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington DC

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Honor the thousands of Americans who served during the Vietnam War at Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Adjacent to the National Mall in Constitution Gardens, the memorial consists of two giant stone walls, stretching almost 76 m (250 ft) long, engraved with the names of more than 58,000 fallen U.S. soldiers. Despite its simplicity, the awe-inducing monument makes a powerful statement. The Women's Memorial statue, depicting two nurses treating a fallen soldier, represents the importance of women in the Vietnam War. After your visit, make the short walk down to the Lincoln Memorial or past the reflecting pools to the Washington Monument. A visit to Vietnam Veterans Memorial represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Washington DC itinerary builder to plot your vacation.
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  • I have been to the wall several times and find it a gorgeous yet somber experience every time I go. we went at night this time, which was a first and although it wasn't as easy to read the names, it w...  more »
  • Beautiful and haunting. You are able to capture your own reflection in a photo while focusing on the wall of names. There is a book on site that assists in finding the location of a servicemembers nam...  more »
  • Really takes your breath away. They have a service where you can have a name printed on a piece of paper - really cool to see.  more »
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  • Definitely worth stopping. Ask someone in a yellow jacket (volunteer) about the Wall. Many of them will tell you all about it and about friends whose names are on it. Great place to stop and tell a Vietnam Vet a long deserved, "Welcome home!"
  • Agree with the Vietnam war or not, you have to agree this is an amazing memorial to the thousands who died. It's a simple black wall built into the earth with the names of every single soldier who went to Vietnam and didn't come home. There is a book near the memorial that you can use to identify the rows and columns where the names of the soldiers are. If you want to do a rubbing, you have to bring your own paper. And make it a big sheet, because the names don't fit on a single notecard.
  • One of the most emotionally moving monuments. It was here that as an 18 year old I decided to join the service. 21 years later, I am still moved every time I go. The memorial is kept meticulously clean. And the helpers can help you create a rubbing of the name you wish to honor.
  • While there, I saw a T-shirt for sale with the picture of a mother holding a toddler. The child was reaching out and touching the Wall and there was a reflection of a soldier (his father) touching back. It makes me tear up whenever I think of it.
  • A moving monument that must be seen to be appreciated. Bless all whose names appear here