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. Add Vietnam Veterans Memorial and other attractions to your Washington DC trip itinerary using our Washington DC trip planner.
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  • Very moving! Do not miss this memorial! I’ve been there several times and will go again. If you have time do not miss it.  more »
  • You need to read these names and see for yourself how many people gave their lives to fight communism. Another powerful exhibit  more »
  • The most humbling of all the monuments. To see the names of all the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice is undescribable. A must see if your in DC.  more »
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  • This is probably the most somber place in the Mall. It was very quiet here, out of respect and appreciation for all of the names on the wall. You could see several people looking for the names of loved ones on the wall. Didn't take too many photos here, it didn't seem right. I got a bit emotional here, but I would say this is absolutely the memorial you do not want to miss when you come here. Indescribable.
  • Words cannot describe what an amazing place this is to visit. I rode across country from Los Angeles to DC to support veterans coming to this wall. It was one of the most moving and emotional moments of my life to see men and women who had served during Vietnam and other wars come together to that one place. The design is very interesting and below ground level. Truly a beautiful tribute to those who served.
  • If you go to DC you simply must see the major memorials. There are great tours that will take you to all of them and do the driving for you as well as provide a guide with info of what you're seeing. It's a short walk from the Lincoln Memorial and the Korean Veterans Memorial. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a must-see. It's a very moving experience as you see the more than 58,000 names of men and women lost in this war. You see people doing rubbings of names and leaving mementos to loved ones lost. It's powerful.
  • A very touching memorial. Subtle design but strong as it hugs the earth in memory of those lost to the war. Every person visiting has a touching experience. The sculptural wall is of human scale and tactile, that allows to be one with the history and past. It also looks stunning at night time
  • This is one of the more hallowing memorials, especially as you watch people who fought in Vietnam come through and find their family and friends. Be respectful when coming through. No games, gum or loud noise. It ya about respecting our troops and people who lost their lives.

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