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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  • It's a timeless place to visit. Took away a star due to the uncontrolled foreign tourists, running screaming pushing in front of people for photos'. the Park Service needs to find a way to control thi...  more »
  • Absolutely love it. Shakes the soul to se all the names and realize the high price paid in Vietnam. It’s close to all the other major monuments so don’t miss it.  more »
  • The young artist who designed this memorial listed the names in groups of when they perished. It starts in the middle going to the right (as your facing it) is the start 1959 and going to the left is ...  more »
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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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