The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is one of the most popular memorials in Washington DC. This memorial is a tribute to a controversial war.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
- Vietnam Veterans Memorial
- Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall
- Vietnam Women’s Memorial
- Three Soldiers statue
- Things to know when planning a visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
- National Park Sites near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
The Vietnam War of the 1960s and 70s saw more than 58,000 American military personnel killed while serving in the war zone.
The Memorial Wall was dedicated in 1982. It is a V-shaped polish black granite wall that runs 246 feet long. Names of all who diest in the war or who are listed as missing in action are displayed on the wall.
It was designed by Maya Lin who at the time was a student at Yale University. Maya Lin said, "The names would become the memorial."
She designed the wall so to allow everyone to respond and remember.
Initially, the wall led to some controversy because people felt it was abstract. The Three Soldiers were added facing the wall but at a distance to not intrude on the design of the memorial wall.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall
The memorial wall is what most people think of when they think of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washinton DC. The memorial wall is inscribed with the names of soldiers who
How many names are on the Vietnam War Memorial?
58,318 names are inscribed on the wall as of Memorial Day 2017 including 10 additional names that were added in 2010.
Approximately 1200 of these are listed as missing (MIA's, POW's, and others)
How do you find a name on the Vietnam War Memorial?
The names are listed in chronological order based on the date of casualty, and within each day, names are shown in alphabetical order.
To help locate a relative or name make sure to search the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s Virtual Wall before you head to the park.
You can also look at the printed registries available at the memorial which are organized alphabetically by last name.
When was the Vietnam War Memorial Built?
On March 11, 1982, the design and plans received final Federal approval.
Work at the site was begun on March 16, 1982, with groundbreaking taking place on March 26, 1982.
The Gilbane Building Company acted as the general contractor, and the architectural firm of Cooper-Lecky Partnership supervised the construction.
The Memorial Wall was completed in late October and dedicated on November 13, 1982, after a week-long salute to Vietnam veterans.
What happens to items left at the Memorial Wall?
National Park Service staff collect the items and if they are non-perishable they are archived in a storage facility. While the archive is not open to the public you can visit the Items Left at The Wall virtual collection of nearly 500 items left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial that can be seen at www.vvmf.org/items.
Vietnam Women’s Memorial
The Vietnam Women's Memorial is the first memorial in Washington, D.C. honoring women's military service.
Located just north of the Reflecting Pool. The memorial was dedicated in 1993 and portrays three women caring for a fallen soldier.
This memorial was created to honor women who served and risked their lives for their country.
Three Soldiers statue
The Three Soldiers State is also known as The Three Servicemen. It was placed close to the memorial wall after there were complaints the memorial wall was to abstract.
Things to know when planning a visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
The memorial is free and open to the public 24 hours a day.
Park Rangers are on duty to answer questions from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 pm daily.
Where is the Vietnam War Memorial Located?
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is located on the National Mall along Constitution Avenue NW between 21st and 23rd streets.
The closest Metro stops are Foggy Bottom or Federal Triangle on the Orange, Blue, and Silver lines.
Driving routes to the National Mall
- From the south: Interstates 66 and 395
- From the north: Interstate 495, New York Avenue, Rock Creek Parkway, the George Washington Memorial Parkway, or the Cabin John Parkway
- From the east: Routes 50, 1 and 4
- From the west: Interstate 66 and Routes 50 and 29
GPS Coordinates: 38.891112, -77.047626
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