The Vietnam Memorial


Member Rating 5 out of 5 by vampirefan on January 13, 2005

One of the most visited and most revered monuments in Washington is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, or simply, "The Wall". The wall was dedicated in 1982. The simplicity of the design came from Yale student Maya Lin. It is a simple wall of polished black granite, bearing the names over 58,000 men and women who were killed or missing in the conflict. Here you will also find a bronzed statue and the women’s war memorial. This bronze statue of two women tending to a solider is dedicated to the women who served in this war. You can check their website at www.nps.gov/vive to see if any activities are planned during your visit.

Many people still remember this war, so emotions run high here. I found myself crying the whole time. People walk quietly and slowly, talk in whispers, point, and search for the names of loved ones whose names are on the wall. Many people still leave gifts in honor of those fallen. You can still find many Vietnam vets here remembering a time that should have never been. Overall, it is one of the most powerful and hardest places to visit. No one should visit DC without a stop here.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Bacon Drive and Constitution Avenue
Washington, D.C., United States
(202) 426-6841

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