Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington DC

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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Emotionally stirring memorial pays tribute to the men and women who served in one of America's most controversial wars.
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941debwagner
Bradenton, FL415 contributions
Jun 2020 • Solo
I went here yesterday and since it was a cloudy day not many people around. I saw a guy in a wheelchair sitting looking at the wall then I saw him try to roll his wheelchair back up the ramp so I asked him if he needed a push at first he said no but then it started to rain so he said yes and we sat under a tree and talked for an hour. His name is Alan hes an American Indian homeless vet, his brother died in the war. He sang me a song he wrote with words that came to him while meditating at the wall. I gave him some lunch money and left him in a dry spot.
Written June 12, 2020
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1chunkyguy
Rochester, KY164 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
This was our 3rd time in Washington DC and the 1st time visiting this memorial. It’s very somber with a lot of older veterans looking at names or just sitting around talking. As a vet myself I can only imagine the feeling of finding your dad, brother, uncle, or best friends name on the wall.
Written April 2, 2022
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TravelerCentralFLA
Clermont, FL880 contributions
May 2020 • Family
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a sober place to reflect on the sacrifices made by the men and women who served in the Vietnam Conflict. It includes several statues that honor the courage of those who served. The center piece of the memorial is the long wall containing the names of those who were killed or missing in action during the Vietnam War. It contains some 60,000 or so names organized in chronological rather than alphabetical order. I was looking for a specific name on the wall and I was able to find what panel and line it was on with an online search. It is staggering to think that many of the names of men and women on the wall represent a young person of 18 to 20 years old. This is not a place to go to have fun, but it is a valuable place to reflect and be grateful. I was glad to be able to take my teenage son and explain to him the price his grandparents’ generation paid. I highly recommend a visit to the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial.
Written May 12, 2020
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Bill K
Mantorville, MN5,970 contributions
Mar 2022
This is one of the few memorials in D.C. that is better viewed during the day. This memorial has been openly criticized for its design ("Not grand enough" "Like a giant tombstone", etc.). With that said, I challenge you to visit and not be moved by the massive number of names on this wall. Visitors leave an assortment of individual tributes to their family and friends lost in this war...which adds to the feeling of loss.

Be sure to checkout the statues on the adjoining walk honoring the men and women lost in Vietnam. The male statues are purposely looking toward the memorial and their fallen brother/sisters.
Written March 27, 2022
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WCoats
Washington DC, DC21 contributions
May 2019
The Memorial seems simple and somewhat unimpressive, but it is the most powerful memorial I have ever experienced. The names of our dead solders are carved in marble chronologically. A walk from the beginning of the memorial to the end reflects America's experience with the war itself. At first there are one or two names but as you walk through time the list gets longer and longer as your walk descends deeper and deeper. It has a powerful impact
Written January 26, 2020
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Rita S
12 contributions
Apr 2021
The veterans coming home from this "War" were not welcomed home as they should have been and we as a nation should still be ashamed of the action of those who were so very hateful and disrespectful. Today when I see a Vietnam War Veteran, I approach them with a smile on my face, hand out to shake, I say "Welcome Home, Thank You for Your Services." WWII Veterans I approach the same way, Thanking them for their services. It was an honor for me to pay my respect to these amazing men and women who gave their lives to fight for freedom.
Written April 30, 2021
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Austin H
7 contributions
Dec 2019
The nighttime tour of the monuments made it difficult to fully realize the magnitude of this wall. But as I walked past, the names continued on. The layout of the wall is pretty neat as it rises out of the ground and then fades back into the ground, almost as if to signify the rise and fall of veterans in our country; the never ending need for their sacrifice, and the significant size of sacrifices that have been made.
Written March 6, 2020
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Anna M
Encinitas, CA567 contributions
Apr 2021
A little like walking into a trench... well designed tribute to those who died in this awful war. If you know anyone who perished, it is important to find their names to pay honor. The polished stones are so reflective and capture the light of the sky and greens of the trees. It is a restful place.
Written April 21, 2021
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Maritza C
Silver Spring, MD36 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
Always a moving and somber memorial to visit. It is quite lovely and serene. Everyone is so respectful when visiting. It always brings tears to my eyes to see the items left behind for those lost souls. Vietnam Vets were treated so poorly upon their return that it is a testament to their resilience when you see so many visiting the memorial and finding the names of those buddies they lost. It is an honor to be able to thank them and pay your respects. A must see in DC.
Written February 23, 2020
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alexisrachelletx
Nashville, TN1,719 contributions
Mar 2020
On a recent visit to DC, I visited almost all of the monuments and memorials with a couple of friends. I hadn't been to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial before. It's certainly worth a visit (as are all of the monuments/memorials), but, completed in 1982, it's one of the simpler memorials. The largest portion of the memorial is the Memorial Wall, which is made of two black granite walls on which the names of servicemen who fought in the Vietnam War and were declared dead (though not necessarily killed in action) or are still "missing in action" are etched. There is also a bronze statue ("The Three Servicemen") and a women's memorial at the site. While we were there, we saw an NPS employee or volunteer rubbing graphite on paper over a section of the Memorial Wall to make an impression (presumably of a family member or friend's name). It's well worth a visit if you're visiting the monuments/memorials!
Written March 16, 2020
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