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  • Address: Henry Bacon Drive, at Constitution Avenue NW, National Mall
  • Hours: Open 24 hours a day
  • Admission: Free

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial

If not one of the most powerful in the world, the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial is certainly one of the most powerful in Washington D.C. The iconic memorial is comprised of two walls of polished black granite, on which the names of the 58,209 soldiers killed in the Vietnam War are inscribed. It's an eloquent inversion of the Mall's other monuments: rather than a pale, ornate structure reaching skyward, it's dark, austere and burrows into the earth, symbolizing the war's wound to the national psyche.

Paper indices at both ends help you locate individual names. The most moving remembrances are notes, medals, and mementos left by survivors, family and friends; some of these are collected by park rangers and displayed at the National Museum of American History.

Nearby is the tree-ringed Women in Vietnam Memorial depicting female soldiers aiding a fallen man. Veterans dedicated to finding lost POWs have set up permanent camps around the monument, passing out pamphlets and Congressional petitions to search for soldiers still missing three decades after the war's end.

Practical Info

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is located northeast of the Lincoln Memorial, on the National Mall, and is accessible via metro and bus. The memorial is also near the Conservatory Garden and the Reflecting Pool, which fronts the Lincoln Memorial. Allow 20 to 30 minutes for your visit.

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