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 memorial will tug at your heart strings even if you don't know anyone who died in Vietnam. The size of the memorial and number of names on the wall is just mind boggling. I was emphasizing to.....  more
    This memorial will tug at your heart strings even if you don't know anyone who died in Vietnam. The size of the memorial and number of names on the wall is just mind boggling. I was emphasizing to.....  more »
  • Thousands and thousands of names of the fallen in battle. If we could just make war a vulgarity, mankind would lose interest. 
    Thousands and thousands of names of the fallen in battle. If we could just make war a vulgarity, mankind would lose interest.  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.
  • There’s a lot of history with this memorial. Too much drama related to the war and a very charged American population, thus the memorial that cuts deep into the earth and looks like a wound that has been healing for years. The reflective wall allows us to look past the names and realize that, in a different age, those names could have been ours. I wasn’t aware that 1/2 of those who died were only 18 years of age and the average age of those who passed away is just over 19. God bless our veterans and their families for the trial is equally tough to bear for those who died and those who survived.

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