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Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Address: US 64 Mile Marker 276, 5 Miles North of Angel Fire, Angel Fire, NM 87710
Phone Number: +1 575-377-2293
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Type: Monuments & statues, History museums, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Owner description: The Memorial was dedicated in 1971 and was the first major Vietnam memorial in the United States...
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Type: Monuments & statues, History museums, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Owner description: The Memorial was dedicated in 1971 and was the first major Vietnam memorial in the United States. In 1987 Congress recognized the site as a memorial of national significance. Our visitor center features educational exhibits. The grounds are a peaceful and beautiful backdrop for the Chapel.

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Rochester, Minnesota
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

No greater love of a Father to his American Hero Son. Dr. Westphal dedicated this serene piece of property in honor of his son, David Westphalia who was killed in Vietnam. There is a beautiful chapel where one can have their own quiet moment to pray or just meditate. Also there is a museum with lots of information that other... More 

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Hereford, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Great museum and memorial! Our high school classmate is one of the workers in the gift shop. If you are a baby boomer and lived through the 60's, this is well worth a side trip if you are traveling in the Enchanted Circle!

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Ranchos De Taos, New Mexico
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46 reviews 46 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We have visited the Memorial on several occasions, but no visit was more memorable than when we took my brother-in-law, a Viet Nam Veteran, to visit on Veteran's Day last year. There was a service taking place but watching him walk around the displays and talk about the items there was a profound experience. He was amazed at the number... More 

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Kansas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Arrived at the Memorial on Memorial Day. Was unaware they were having a reunion there. Many vets and great camaraderie. A freezing thunderstorm began while there but did not deter the outside program. Was pleased to be there on this special day. Very nice museum and gift shop. What a tribute this family has done for all veterans but especially... More 

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Socorro, NM
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

There is just something majestic and peaceful about this memorial. The white building architecturally is a startling contrast to the evergreen surroundings. The displays are sometimes graphic, but that conveys truly what the soldiers and veterans went through. Definitely worth a visit if in the area.

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OKC, OK
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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

My grandfather served in Vietnam and I served in Iraqi Freedom for multiple deployments. No matter what war, you come home with a different perspective on life. The first time I went here was in 2006 with my wife. I was moved by the view and the chapel and brought to tears, remembering my own conflict I fought so recently... More 

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Kate G, Manager at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, responded to this review

I'm speechless as I write this. You have managed to capture the very essence of our site. I'm so glad you've had such meaningful visits here and I hope you are able to return. It's an honor to be the caretaker of a place such as this. More 

El Paso, Texas, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

My Uncle Lieutenant Colonel Francis Russell Hittinger, Jr. was killed in the Vietnam War. I maintain contact with his three sons; however it took my visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to fully understand the significance of his sacrifice. i encourage all to tour this!

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Waipahu, Hawaii
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73 reviews 73 reviews
26 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Beautiful location and facility. This is the first memorial to Vietnam Vets in the USA, at least according to the commercial. Being married to a disabled Vietnam Vet, this was very impressive to me.

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Fredericksburg, Texas
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45 reviews 45 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Words to describe the feelings this memorial evokes are difficult to find. The love of a parent and the gift of this memorial to his son and others who lost their lives in service to their country is overwhelming. I spent the entire time trying to control the tears that threatened. The backdrop of the valley behind the chapel is... More 

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Kate G, Manager at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, responded to this review

I'm so glad your trip to the Memorial was meaningful. We try our best to make sure our visitors have an educational and moving experience. More 

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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177 reviews 177 reviews
31 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The memorial is a tribute to both Dr. Victor Westphall and his son, U.S. Marine Corps First Lieutenant Victor David Westphall III. David was killed in action near Con Thien, South Vietnam on May 22, 1968. The quiet serenity of the Moreno Valley is a fitting background forthe graceful lines of the chapel.

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