"The Wall that Heals" Vietnam Veterans Memorial Tip by GentleSpirit

  The Vietnam Veterans Memorial
by GentleSpirit

On Veterans Day 1982 a new Memorial was dedicated on the National Mall to honor the service of the men and women who fought in the Vietnam War. Though it is easily one of the most popular attractions for visitors to this city, it is, more importantly, a place of healing. Why?

While Americans were being sent off to fight in Vietnam our country was deeply divided. Divided by legitimate differences of opinion as to our role in the war, of why we were there in the first place. It was a time of great turmoil in the world, and our country had just gone through a trying time of during the civil rights struggle of the 1960's. In short, it was not a popular war, if there can even be such thing as a popular war.

Regardless of the policy issues, the soldiers who went to Vietnam usually did not receive parades in their honor when they came home, unlike their fathers who had fought in World War II.

The Wall honors the service of our soldiers in Vietnam and has helped to heal the wounds of the war. Most importantly, it symbolically gives a "welcome home" to those who came home and a respectful memorial to those who did not come home alive.

It is a deeply moving place...a place you will witness powerful emotion, sadness and a celebration of life. I urge all visitors to treat this place and the people there with the respect it deserves.

Veterans Day 2011

Address: 900 Ohio Drive, SW
Directions: Near the base of the Lincoln Memorial and the Korean War memorial at the west end of the National Mall. Located near Henry Bacon Dr.
Phone: 202.426.6841
Website: http://www.nps.gov/vive/

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  • Updated Jul 15, 2013
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