The Vietnam Veterans Memorial pays tribute to those who served in the Vietnam War. The memorial is a black granite wall inscribed with the names of 58,209 American’s killed or missing in the Vietnam conflict. The veterans names are listed in chronological order of when the casualty occurred and an alphabetical directory helps visitors locate names.
A life size bronze statue depicting three young servicemen is located near the Vietnam Memorial Wall. Nearby is the Vietnam Women’s Memorial, a sculpture of two women in uniform tending to the wounds of a male soldier while a third woman kneels nearby. Visitors often leave flowers, medals, letters and photos in front of the memorials. The National Park Service collects these offerings and many are displayed at the Smithsonian Museum of American History.
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Constitution Avenue and Henry Bacon Dr. NW
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The closest Metro station is Foggy Bottom
Vietnam Memorial Hours:
Open 24 hours, staffed daily 8:00 a.m. to midnight
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund:
Established in 1979, the Memorial Fund is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Its most recent initiative is building the Education Center at The Wall,
an underground facility that will help visitors discover the stories of those named on The Wall and celebrate the values embodied by all service members who served in all of America's wars. Other Memorial Fund initiatives include educational programs for students and teachers, a traveling Wall replica that honors our nation's veterans and a humanitarian and mine-action program in Vietnam.