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.
  • When we were in D.C. we visited the Vietnam Memorial Wall and it's hard to take in the vastness of it and all of the names inscribed of the brave soldiers who died for our countries freedom. We found names of people that we knew and were able to take a pencil rubbing and picture of the names. It is a humbling experience and the emotional impact of the tears of all those searching for their loved ones will never be forgotten.

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