The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC is one of the most frequently visited memorials in the city. It honors all the men and women who served in the Vietnam War.
The Memorial is located in Constitution Gardens near the National Mall in Washington, DC. The closest memorial to is it the Lincoln Memorial. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was authorized by Congress in 1980. Two years later, on November 13, 1982, the Memorial was dedicated.
The original section of the Memorial is the Memorial Wall, designed by Maya Ying Lin. The wall itself is 75 meters long. Engraved on the wall are the names of the over 58,000 men and women killed or listed as missing in action in the war. The WALL-USA website lists the names and information about all those listed on the Memorial Wall. There is also on interactive version of the wall online at Interactive Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
In 1984, the Three Servicement statue by Frederick Hart was added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
On November 11, 1993, the Vietnam Women’s Memorial was dedicated. This statue by Glenna Goodacre honors all the women who served in the Vietnam War.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is located in Constitution Gardens near the Lincoln Memorial. The best way to see the Memorial is to take the Metro to the Smithsonian Station on the Orange and Blue Lines – and walk over to the Memorial from there. The only parking available near the Memorial is reserved for people with handicapped decals. Everyone else has to hunt for parking on the streets of DC. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is open 24 hours a day. There is no fee charged to visit the Memorial.
We’ve been to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial several times either late at night or early in the morning. So far, we’ve never had any problems using a tripod. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial tends to get crowded during the day and sometimes in the early evening, especially on weekends and on holidays. I wouldn’t recommend trying to use a tripod if there are very many people at the Memorial – the paths are narrow so your tripod could easily affect other people’s ability to enjoy their visit.