Visiting The Vietnam Veterans Memorial In Washington D.C.

Whilst visiting Washington D.C. you’ll find that there are plenty of things to do and see beyond looking at the sea of imposing government buildings. You can take a walk to The White House, look around the various museums or visit one of the many memorials that have been installed around the city.

The latter provides a real point of interest as there is seemingly a memorial for every major event here. You could spend days walking around trying to find and see them all. The memorials are quite special in Washington D.C. as there is no expense spared. This has created memorials that are not just stone pillars with names on but actual sculptures/public art.

Just a 30 second walk from the incredibly large Lincoln Memorial you will find the Vietnam Veterans Memorial which honours the fallen from the Vietnam war.

As you approach, on the right hand side you will find amongst the trees a trio of soldiers which are stood next to the American flag.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Washington D.C.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Washington D.C.

Walk a little further on through the trees and you will come to the memorial itself.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Washington D.C.

There are a lot of names here, far too many to read in fact however during my visit I did my best to read as many as I could to ensure that these soldiers were remembered.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Washington D.C.

Like all of the memorials in Washington D.C. the memorial here has been created to make an impact and it sure does. The polished black stone really stands out and the parallel walkway really gives you time to reflect and gather your thoughts.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Washington D.C.

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Whether or not you agree with a country going to war or indeed the circumstances surrounding that decision I feel it’s important to honour those men and women who made the greatest sacrifice by giving their life for their country. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a well presented tribute to the fallen, be sure to to pay it a visit if you’re in the city.

Are you heading to Washington D.C. this year and planning to visit some of the numerous memorials located around the city? Let us know your plans in the comments!

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