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Vietnam Veterans Memorial


Vietnam Veterans Memorial

5 Henry Bacon Drive, Washington, 20242, DC

The Vietnam War has always been regarded as one of America’s most controversial and brutal international conflicts. By the war’s end in 1975, a total of 58,209 American soldiers had been killed throughout the conflict’s duration.

The anti-war movement in America was relatively widespread, and many soldiers came home to less-than-sympathetic conditions. Suffice it to say, the war and its memories still linger with many Americans who choose not to forget the pain of war.

It is this sentiment that the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. hopes to continue. The memorial itself is comprised of two massive, 247-foot long, 10-foot high gabbro walls. On its surface is inscribed the name of every single man and woman killed throughout the war.

You’ll find no clowns or circus music at this memorial; no roller coasters or carnival games. What you will find, however, is respectfully solemn silence for the brave men and women who paid the ultimate price to keep American people safe — a humbling sight worthy of the eyes of anyone who calls themselves an American (or is interested in American history), and a powerful reminder of one of America’s longest and bloodiest wars.

Recent Traveler Reviews

Tragic but Worth the Stop

by austincader

This wall is HUGE and that is terribly sad, because the names represent the soldiers of the Vietnam War. We spent 20 minutes walking around the wall and even found a family member's name on…
The beauty of simplicity

by TerryofMB

This memorial will take your breath away in its simple beauty and meaning. Take your time and learn how the names are presented and the meaning of the slightly bolder names.