In 2003, Congress authorized the construction of a Vietnam Memorial Visitors Center on the National Mall in Washington, DC. When completed, the Visitors Center will serve to educate visitors about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Vietnam War and will pay tribute to all of the men and women who served in all of America’s wars. To keep the building from overshadowing the Vietnam Wall or other nearby memorials, it will be built underground. The site of the proposed education center was approved jointly by the National Park Service, on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior, the Commission of Fine Arts, and the National Capital Planning Commission in 2006.
The ceremonial groundbreaking will be held for the Education Center at The Wall at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at the future site at the Corner of Henry Bacon Drive and Constitution Ave., NW.
While still in the planning stages, exhibits will include a wall of photographs of those whose names are on The Wall, a selection of the over 100,000 items that have been left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a timeline of key military events in the Vietnam War and information about the history of the Memorial. The Center will also illustrate America’s legacy of service by showing images of those who served in all of the nation’s conflicts, from the Revolutionary War to Iraq.
Visitor Center Location
The new facility will be built northwest of the Vietnam Memorial Wall and northeast of the Lincoln Memorial, bounded by Constitution Avenue, 23rd Street, and Henry Bacon Drive.
Visitor Center Funding
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is raising $100 million to build the Center. More than $18 million has been raised so far, including a $10 million lead gift from Time Warner. For more information about the funding, or to make a donation, visit www.vvmf