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Reviewed April 4, 2018

In its simplicity it expresses what a lot of the other monuments fail to do. Everyone is quiet going thro this one.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

A moving tribute to the memory of those lost in the Vietnam War. As you walk along, you see the names etched into the wall, it hits you that they were someone’s son, daughter, father, mother and it hits you, especially when you see someone rubbing over a name. A place to be respectful, unfortunately, during our visit, there were a few people who were not acting the way that they should. Definitely worth a visit.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

We had a brief stop over in Washington DC. My wife wanted to find her cousin that had been killed in Vietnam War. At first we looked for his name, but the Wall entries are not Alphabetical. There are books available under a glass type deal, where you can find the war heroes and where their name is on the wall. We did that and found my wife's cousin. The statue of the 3 US soldiers is well done, and provides a moment of reflection as does the whole wall.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Ron K
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

I have seen the Memorial 4 times now and it’s just as moving as the first time. Be sure to see the Memorial to the nurses.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank MelissaH572
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

Located in the National Mall, there are 3 parts to this memorial – the Memorial Wall, The Three Soldiers and The Women’s Memorial.
For the full effect of the National Mall, I would recommend allocating time to do the whole walk and visiting all of the monuments. If you only have time to see a few memorials, the Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial and the Martin Luther King Monument are all close by so if your time is limited, you can easily manage all of these.
We started at the Vietnam Memorial Wall because it was the most convenient entry point after having walked past the White House.
Over 58,000 servicemen were killed or missing in action during the Vietnam war and their names are engraved on the Memorial wall.
What’s chilling about it is that the names were added in chronological order. So they start in 1959 when U.S. involvement in Vietnam began and the last US serviceman died on May 15, 1975. As you walk along the wall, the chronological order of the names gives you the sense of the mounting deaths and losses and the way that they keep on relentlessly adding up every day that the war continued.
From the Memorial Wall, go to the The Three Soldiers. The wall lists names but the bronze sculpture puts faces to the soldiers.
There’s also the Vietnam Women’s Memorial which represents the 59 women who died and shows three women (Faith, Hope and Charity) helping a wounded soldier.
Do it on a clear day if you can. On a wet day, there is nowhere much to shelter.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Mairwen1
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