Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Washington, D.C., United States

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a 2-acre (8,000 m²) national memorial in Washington, DC. It honors U.S. service members of the U.S. armed forces who fought in the Vietnam War, service members who died in service in Vietnam/South East Asia, and those service members who were unaccounted for during the War.

Its construction and related issues have been the source of controversies, some of which have resulted in additions to the memorial complex. The memorial currently consists of three separate parts: the Three Servicemen Memorial, the Vietnam Women's Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, which is the best-known part of the memorial.

The main part of the memorial was completed in 1982. The memorial is maintained by the U.S. National Park Service, and receives around 3 million visitors each year.

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Ron Amaya (5 months ago)
Awesome experience! Great place to see. I thank God for the Freedom that we have because of the names of the person's on the wall gave everything they had, including their life.
Michael Brown (5 months ago)
Being someone that served in the Army and grew up reading about the Vietnam War, I had to go visit the Wall and pay my respects. Beautifully done and it really is a sight to see. There are helpful volunteers there should you have any questions or help. If you are in DC, do stop by and give it a look
Russell Walker (6 months ago)
Creative, reflective and powerful; yet simple in design. The history of how the memorial came about is fascinating too; blind selection of the winning design. Greatly reduces bias.
Thicc Daddy (7 months ago)
This is a nice memorial. I went here while I was in DC and was satisfied with my experience. I walked up to this memorial and looked at it. The memorial commemorates veterans who fought and died in the Vietnam War. After I walked around and looked at this memorial for a while, I left, satisfied with my experience. I gave this memorial five stars because it’s a very solemn memorial that does a good job of memorializing those who died fighting in Vietnam. The memorial is a large, black polished block with the names of people who died in Vietnam.
Perks Advisor (10 months ago)
There is something profound about this memorial. It seems understated, but as you walk in the wall keeps going and going. Name after name after name. If you are visiting the Mall this is one memorial you cannot miss. It is within easy walking distance from the Lincoln Memorial.
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