Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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Memorial Park, Washington, DC, USA
(202) 426-6841

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Washington Reviews

WalterC WalterC
389 reviews
Memorial that humanizes the Vietnam War Jul 15, 2016
Located towards Constitution Avenue, near the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial honors the war veterans that served in the Vietnam War during the 1960’s and 70’s.

Dedicated in 1982, this memorial consists of a long, granite wall, which has all the names of the people that served in the Vietnam War. And that includes both living and dead. Seeing how long the list is, just shows how countless people were impacted by this war. Not only those who were sent to Vietnam to fight, but also the families who lost loved ones there.

The granite wall is the main part of this memorial, but there are a few other things to see. One of them is a book, that has all the names of people that served in the war, for those looking for a particular name.

Also nearby, are a couple of statues. One of them is the Three Servicemen, near the entry of one side of the wall. And the other being the Vietnam Women’s Memorial, which honors the women that served in the war, located near the entry of the other side of the wall.

A visit to this place should not be missed, as seeing the names on the wall, humanizes the war experience a lot more. And really show how horrible and devastating the Vietnam War was.
Three Servicemen statue
book with the names of veterans
granite wall
closer look at granite wall
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spocklogic spocklog…
325 reviews
Over 58,000 Caualties From Vietnam War (1959-1975) Aug 13, 2015
This memorial is a sobering testament to the tolls of war. It's simplicity as a walled structure containing a list of casualties in the Vietnam War (1959-1975) is quite powerful. When it was completed the wall listed 58,191 names in 1982, but more are added at times and there were 58,300 as of 2014. There's nothing flashy or glorious about this monument - no heroic statues or patriotic sayings. It speaks for itself and through us invokes our own personal feelings and inspires reflective thought. The wall itself, made of black granite called Gabbro, is reflective and adds, figuratively speaking, to the dimension of the space.

The east wing of the monument stretches towards the Washington Monument, while the west wing stretches toward the Lincoln Memorial. The names are not listed alphabetically, but rather chronologically by date of death, beginning and ending in the center where the two walls meet. The year 1959 appears in the upper left of the east wing, and 1975 appears in the lower right of the west wing. So, one reads the names in order like that, beginning in the center to end of east wing, make an arch around to the end of the west wing and then end in the center again. The panels are labeled 1-70 (with 1 in the center and 70 at the end) and each has an E or W label too to tell which wing the panel is on. There are dots on the wall, every 10 names to help count on a given panel. To find a name, see the link:

A short distance from the wall are some statues, the "Three Soldiers" and the "Vietnam Women's Memorial", which are also part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial as a whole, and unveiled in 1984 and 1993, respectively.
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trinademattei trinadem…
70 reviews
The Most Powerful Memorial Aug 24, 2014
Washington DC is one of my favorite North American destinations. I have visited so many times that I now let my travel companions go sightsee without me as I sit in my favorite cafe in DuPont Circle.

But no visit to DC would be complete without a viewing of a The Wall. Each time this memorial means something different to me. On my last visit the following occurred:

I steadied my camera, I was trying to get the perfect reflection shot. The children walked behind me.

Boy: What do all the names mean?

Girl: Everyone who died in the war.

Boy: Are we going to die someday?

Girl: I think so.

I snapped the photo at the exact moment that she said, "I think so."

Of all my moments standing in front of the wall this one will always stand out as my most poignant.
Momentary Reflection Photo by Tr…
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Africancrab Africanc…
777 reviews
Their Nation Called, They Came, They Served, They Died, They are Honored Jun 27, 2012
This memorial honors those soldiers who served in Vietnam when they were called upon. The memorial was founded by Jan Scruggs a corporal of the 199th Light Infantry Brigade. It is a unique memorial when compared to other memorials around DC. It is a wall with all the names of Vietnam service men. Now this memorial does not honor only the dead, it honors also the living service members. Besides the wall there is a statute of three service men and a flag. The Sculpture ws designed by artist Frederic Hart of Atlanta, Georgia. The three soldiers look lost and alone, perhaps could not find their comrades . . .

Looking at the wall, it dawns on you how many people were involved in the war from the United States. I found myself wondering about the Vietnamese who died and veterans who are alive. I wondered if they are honored like we honor ours here in the United States. I wondered if they knew why they fought (well, even our soldiers). I have never understood the Vietnam war. If you stand still at the wall, you can hear the voices of the dead, their cries and their stories - all so sad!!

If you happen to be in Washington, do stop by this memorial, it speaks of how man sometimes fights for no reason other than greed. It reminds me of Nazi German and the many Jews that died a senseless death.

PS: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
camwilde camwilde
163 reviews
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Dec 03, 2010
This Memorial honors both the living and the dead who fought in the Vietnam War. It is a shiny black wall that contains 58195 names. It also has a Three Soldiers statue (dedicated to those who fought in the war) and the Vietnam Women's Memorial (dedicated to those women who served).

I really thought the wall was impressive and I thought of those who fought in this war. You couldn't help but look for friends or family who might be inscribed on the wall.

It is worth a visit if you are in town.
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