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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  • This monument is breath taking. We have been to this monument twice. I touches me every time we are here. To see people tracing the names of loved ones and friends is touching. 
    This monument is breath taking. We have been to this monument twice. I touches me every time we are here. To see people tracing the names of loved ones and friends is touching.  more »
  • Seeing this is a moving experience. It's unexplaonable what it is like to see your old high school friends names engraved on this wall. I can't even keep my eyes dry when thinking about it. Such....  more
    Seeing this is a moving experience. It's unexplaonable what it is like to see your old high school friends names engraved on this wall. I can't even keep my eyes dry when thinking about it. Such....  more »
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  • What a heart-breaking memorial dedicated to our fallen Vietnam war heroes. Seeing all the names on the wall makes you feel appreciative of the sacrifices our fellow Americans had to endure for our "freedom". My grandpa's best friend died in the Vietnam war from a North Vietnamese sniper when he was just 20 years old. When I was there, I etched his name on a piece of paper and handed it to my grandpa for safekeeping. There are nearby small park benches, if you don't want to get up close with the wall.
  • Incredibly emotional monument to the 58,000+ fallen Veterans of the Vietnam War. Beautifully designed and built into the hillside, the names on the wall are listed in the order of casualty, and they have books there to assist in finding the names. Open 24hrs, it's significantly less crowded during the later evening/early a.m. As with most other sites, metered street parking is 1 block away and fills up VERY quickly. Taking the DC Connector bus for $1/way is a much better option if visiting during the day.

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