Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington DC

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. Add Vietnam Veterans Memorial and other attractions to your Washington DC trip itinerary using our Washington DC trip planner .
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  • Who has consciously lived years in the sixties/seventies, can probably still remember the war in Vietnam; the many protests against it, which took place on the National Mall. Once again, the innumerable names of Americans who have died in this war, can remember the futility of this war. And it was not only Americans who have died and suffered.
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  • Actually, you needn't guess how many are listed. It is 58,318 as of the most recent additions in May of 2017 A Means to Heal ameanstoheal.org  more »
  • The Viet Nam memorial is shocking so it represents... the stupidity of all wars... with the death of young people forced to participate. The wall of black granite with thousands of names of the fallen in that war of the years 60's hits... see plotting those anonymous soldiers, but here with first and last name. Peaceful and quiet... sometimes has families looking for a name and memorabilia. To the front, under the trees, there are two sculptures: one of soldiers and another of the nurses with a wounded.
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  • It's very difficult to describe the emotional effect the Vietnam Memorial has. Some of my school friends served, one's name is engraved on the wall. The first time I visited there were a school group who were boisterous as they started , but within minutes they were as quiet with looks of puzzlement on their faces. I think they were realizing what war really costs. The Lincoln Memorial also seems to inspire solemnity. I've been back a few more time and the emotional and sad as the first time. There is only one other place that can evoke these feeling and that is Pompeii. It took me a long time to be able to think about the visit without a profound feeling of sadness.
  • The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is one of the most personal and touching memorials on the National Mall because so many veterans are still alive. Many make the trek to DC to see the war heroes they knew etched into the wall. They take paper and make sketches of their names and leave flowers and gifts along the memorial. If you're into photography, you can see the reflection of the Washington Monument in the wall. It's worth a visit if you're in DC!
  • Such a powerful place to experience again. Makes war time so personal for all. Wonderful for me as an OIF veteran to come to a place like this a see and hear the respect not only for the monument but for the men and women who serviced.
  • Incredibly solemn place. Never fails to bring tears to my eyes. Whether it is from the wall, itself, or items left behind by loved-ones and strangers alike.
  • You can see all of the names engraved in the wall; and this, I can assure you, is the quietest place in DC, or anywhere I've ever been. It's a very important memorial, and I would urge you to see it in person if possible.

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