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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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  • The wall is visually striking, no doubt. The feelings it evokes are as well. Seeing the items left by visitors to the lost, overhearing when someone finds a name of a loved one, forces one to consider...  more »
  • Being a Vietnam veteran the memorial is great recognition for those who lost their lives. It is a very somber experience to see the names of those who died in this conflict.  more »
  • Three parts this memorial dedicated to the memory of the war lasted from 1955 to 1975 in Viet Nam, located next to the Lincoln Memorial. The first part is a book in which are found the names in alphabetical order, a little later we find the second part: a wall on which are engraved the names of the fallen soldiers in chronological order. Third and last part consists of a statue represented three soldiers. Evocative and exciting, super recommended.
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Gosh this memorial is so deep. The whole park is loud until you get up close to this memorial. Everyone quiets down. You can see the names, and yourself in the stone. Very good.
  • As Beautiful as it is, each time I come here to visit the Brothers, say a Prayer, then turn around to go, I feel a part of my soul staying there. I guess we never really leave at all Blessing's to you all, I'll see you again on the other side !!
  • Very different from any other monument you'll see in Washington. Read up on the war before you see it to appreciate the full gravity of its impact. The memorial is somber and personally impactful to anyone, not just veterans. It only takes a few minutes and is only a 5 minute walk from the Lincoln Memorial. An important place to see for any American.

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