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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  • The penalty visitor this monument at night, the visual effect with the lights is spectacular, (is also more easy to park in the area after 7 PM).
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  • I visited this monument and portrays well the whining of a war, they try to demonstrate everything as there happened. Worth the visit.
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  • so many names of people that have passed away! opens your eyes when you have no idea of the reality.  more »
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  • The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a must see on a first trip to Washington. I was looking for someone specific, and it was difficult to figure out who to ask or how to find out. I wanted a ....something .... to read, for directions. I eventually found a man who could look up the name I was searching for - he was a bit gruff when i didn't know the exact details he wanted (State, exact date of MIA or POW or KIA). Seeing other people look for names, I wanted to know who they were looking for - family? friends? their POW bracelet name (like I was). Seeing elderly vets - in wheel chairs, walking slowly, escorted, was moving. crowded -not particularly peaceful.
  • A war that was so controversial, so long, with so many lost, and with so many Veterans still living, the Vietnam War Memorial was a beautiful experience. We saw the eagerness and pride for the volunteers to help find people find their loved ones, ready with paper and a charcoal. While this can never fill the void left from those lost, it does offer something for people to take with them, to feel connected to those that died. Not only are there people willing to help, there are also several books available to the public. My favorite part was seeing the Vietnam Era Veterans coming here, together, by themselves, with their families, etc. This shows they truly never left anyone behind.
  • The Wall is humbling, and just incredibly impressive. To see all those names of the brave souls, you can't help but feel gratitude for their sacrifice, and your heart breaks for them all. Beautiful. It's out in the open, so the length of your stay will be dependent on the weather.
  • A very beautiful monument! It's surreal to stand in front of it and see all the names of those who died to protect us.
  • Bring your Kleenex! A very moving experience. Helpful guides to assist you. So glad that I visited.

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