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Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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Address: 5 Henry Bacon Dr NW, Washington DC, DC 20242
Phone Number: 202-426-6841
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Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: Emotionally stirring memorial pays tribute to the men and women who served...
Emotionally stirring memorial pays tribute to the men and women who served in one of America's most controversial wars.
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Amazing place...... very emotional

My father lost three friends during the Vietnam war and he was looking to locate their names on the wall. First of all, we had complete strangers stopping and trying to help us... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Rochester, New York
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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

My father lost three friends during the Vietnam war and he was looking to locate their names on the wall. First of all, we had complete strangers stopping and trying to help us out. Also, a gentleman wearing a yellow jacket (volunteer??) actually found each name and stenciled the names out for my Dad. It was a bit emotional for... More 

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Santa Rosa, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

This memorial is so well-executed. Amazing. The stone used reflects the people visiting the memorial and the Washington Monument. Seeing the name of our brave soldiers who gate their lives for us is so moving. The fact that this is a touchable monument, accessible to all, makes it all the more impressive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Very solemn, very moving. Volunteers assisted with "rubbings" of specific names. Very respectful to my husband, a Vietnam vet. It was our first visit

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northeast ohio
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

There probably isn't anything I can say that hasn't been said. I will say, I was impressed by everyone that was there to see it. Everyone was quietly looking for names. No rudeness of playing about. Everyone just looked in silence. It's about a minute walk from the Lincoln Memorial. And so is the Korean War Memorial. See them both.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

this memorial makes you appreciate the loss of life. Beware of street hawkers who claim to be collecting for a Veterans charity

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South Windsor, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Moving tribute to those who lost their lives during the Vietnam War. Creative display is very moving and a must see during a visit to DC. The Korean War Memorial is another great one to see.

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Roseville, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

If you have no connections to someone who fought in Vietnam, this is just a long wall with many names. To those with loved ones who gave their lives, this is a tribute to their service. The women's Vietnam memorial was disappointing with the lack of labeling and signage. The books to look up names help.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Simplicity, solemnity, and a perfect location that is powerfully evocative of the horrors of war. What might seem like an impersonal approach (simply listing the names of the dead) is, in context, deeply moving, with the visuals provided by the location and by the responses of those more directly affected by it. The simplicity makes even the most jaded think... More 

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Genoa, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

We took a Walk of the Town tour that included the monuments (check it out separately). We learned so much about this monument, then were able to walk along its path and reflect on our own. Many people leave mementos for their fallen family members, friends, and comrades. ALL of these items are saved at a separate location. The design... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

I don't know why this is so popular. You really don't learn a lot here - its just a list of names. There's no detail about any of the innovative tactics and equipment developed during this war. Disappointing.

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