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Vietnam Veterans Memorial

5 Henry Bacon Dr NW, Washington DC, DC 20242 (National Mall)
202-426-6841
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Ranked #11 of 252 Attractions in Washington DC
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Type: Monuments/ Statues
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Traveler Description: The Vietnam Memorial Wall is a must-see, where touching photos, letters and flowers have been left in rememberence of a daddy someone never knew or... more »
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Very touching experience to see the thousands of names of people who served this country. Also, Very sad to see name after name....not recognizing one name, yet thankful for their service. A must see.

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Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

To see all those names, in 1988 (me 20), made me speechless. It's a very beautiful way to illustrate the casualties from a war, that should never have been fought.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

I visited this place well before the crack of dawn and it was so lovely. Definitely I would have loved to come again to see it in glorious day light. Maybe some other day, some other time.

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McKinney, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Pictures do not do this justice. As you walk past rows and rows of names of those lost, you begin to understand the loss of each mother, father, wife and child. I hope young people can experience the memorial and understand the awesome toll of this part of our history.

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Ada, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Another must see when visiting D.C. We took a walking night time monument tour of this and it was a very solemn experience. I think it is better with a guide to tell you how it was designed and the symbolism. Go see it.

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Lightwater Uk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The sheer scale of the simple reflecting wall, brings home the huge loss of life, it seems impossible to fathom that many names and what that amount of people in one place would like. In date order, the names a permanent reminder of the sacrifice they made for their country. If you walk from the the Lincoln Memorial side you... More

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Kitchener Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful memorial which was made much more interesting by the walking tour guide who told us all about the making of the monument, the controversies surrounding it, and the symbolism. Without that interprettaion, it might have been a bit boring. I especially appreciated the women's memorial recently erected nearby. It is stunning. You can just feel the... More

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El Ejido, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

People are very quite and respectful while visiting. You can look up the names in a book provided at the beginning and then find them in the sections mentioned. It as not as beautiful as other monuments in DC, but´s it´s austerity does serve a purpose.

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Tarzana, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The simple presentation of lists of names stretched over a distance not only honors the memory of fallen, but starkly shows the toll that war takes in real numbers within a small space.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

I have to admit that while many of my family have served in other armed forces I have always had a streak of cynicism regarding the Vietnam War. This memorial took that right out of me. The simplicity of just listing the names of the dead and missing in the order in which each loss took place, in such a... More

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