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The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

 
 
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, March 25, 2006
1. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Marker
Inscription. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial honors the courage, sacrifice, and devotion to duty and country of the men and women of the armed forces of the United States who served in America's longest war. By virtue of its design, the memorial inspires a contemplative experience and puts a human face on a divisive conflict. Veterans, their families, and others find the memorial a place for reflection and healing.

On the granite walls of the Memorial are more than 58,000 names of those listed as missing or killed in action in Vietnam. They are listed chronologically, according to the date of death or loss.

As you approach "the Wall"on the path to your left you will pass the Three Servicemen statue. It reflects the shared experience of Vietnam veterans.

The Vietnam Women's Memorial is located on the path to your right. More than 10,000 American women served in the military in Vietnam.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 53.433′ N, 77° 2.902′ W. Marker is
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, March 25, 2006
2. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Marker
in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Henry Bacon Drive and Constitution Avenue, NW (U.S. 50). Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20037, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Legacy of Healing and Hope (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Alaska and Hawaii (about 500 feet away); Lincoln Memorial (about 600 feet away); National Academy of Sciences (about 700 feet away); Albert Einstein - The Einstein Memorial (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in The National Mall.
 
Regarding Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Maya Lin was 21 years old when she was chosen to design this memorial. It was dedicated in 1982. The sculptor, Frederick Hart, made The Three Soldiers. It was unveiled in 1984, as was the memorial's flagpole. Sculptor Glenna Goodacre of Santa Fe, New Mexico, designed the Vietnam Women's Memorial. It was unveiled in 1993.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall USA website. Site lists all names on the wall. Has photos; written
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, March 25, 2006
3. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall
vignettes, thoughts and comments; search function, etc. (Submitted on March 29, 2006.) 

2. The Virtual Wall. Remembrances, poems, photos, letters, and citations honoring those named on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. (Submitted on March 29, 2006.) 

3. National Park Service Pages. (Submitted on March 29, 2006.)
4. The Portable Vietnam Wall. (Submitted on March 29, 2006.)
5. Directory of other Vietnam Veteran Memorials around the world. Includes photographs. (Submitted on March 29, 2006.) 

6. The Moving Wall. Schedule for the half-size replica of The Wall that has been touring the country since 1984. (Submitted on March 29, 2006.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Flagpole
The US Commission of Fine Arts approved the flagpole located near the 3 Servicemen's statue in Constitutional Gardens on the National Mall in Washington D.C. near the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. This flagpole has a circular bronze base with bas relief emblems of the Army, Navy, Air Force,
Notes Left At the Wall image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, March 25, 2006
4. Notes Left At the Wall
Click to zoom in and read. The Park Service collects and stores all items left at the wall.
Coast Guard, and the Marine Corps. The flagpole was dedicated on Veteran's day, 1984, two years after the dedication of the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Around the base of the Flagpole is the follwing dedication:
"This Flag represents the Service rendered to our Country by the Veterans of the Vietnam War. The Flag affirms the principles of Freedom for which they fought and their Pride in having served in difficult circumstances."
    — Submitted November 11, 2008, by Nick Hansen of Lake Ozark, Missouri.

 
Categories. War, Vietnam
 
The Three Servicemen image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, March 25, 2006
5. The Three Servicemen
The Three Servicemen image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, March 25, 2006
6. The Three Servicemen
The Three Servicemen image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, April 10, 2006
7. The Three Servicemen
The Three Servicemen image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, April 10, 2006
8. The Three Servicemen
The Three Servicemen Memorial Day 2008 image. Click for full size.
By Tabitha Preast, May 26, 2008
9. The Three Servicemen Memorial Day 2008
The Wall on a Mid-Spring Morning image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2008
10. The Wall on a Mid-Spring Morning
Taken before the large number of visitors arrived at the memorial. Since opening the memorial is among the most frequented stops in the nation's capital. The platform near the apex is for a podium associated with Memorial Day festivities.
Vietnam Women's Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, March 25, 2006
11. Vietnam Women's Memorial
Vietnam Women's Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, March 25, 2006
12. Vietnam Women's Memorial
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Flagpole image. Click for full size.
By Nick Hansen, November 2, 2008
13. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Flagpole
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Flagpole Base image. Click for full size.
By Nick Hansen, October 27, 2008
14. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Flagpole Base
The Seal of the United States Army is shown here. Marines, both active duty and retired, often stop at the flagpole's base to polish the Marine Corps Seal, to the right in this photograph.
Constitution Gardens, Where the Memorial is Located image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, April 10, 2006
15. Constitution Gardens, Where the Memorial is Located
Vietnam Veterans Memorial being Guarded During Memorial Day 2008 Ceremony image. Click for full size.
By Tabitha Preast, May 26, 2008
16. Vietnam Veterans Memorial being Guarded During Memorial Day 2008 Ceremony
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Memorial Day Ceremony 2008 image. Click for full size.
By Tabitha Preast, May 26, 2008
17. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Memorial Day Ceremony 2008
Personal Memorial infront of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial-Memorial Day 2008 image. Click for full size.
By Tabitha Preast, May 26, 2008
18. Personal Memorial infront of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial-Memorial Day 2008
 
 
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