Updated on December 11th, 2018 at 10:06 pm
The Vietnam Conflict was a very controversial war in the history of the United States. Tens of thousands of people lost their lives, and to many, the reason for even entering the conflict did not make sense. This does not change the fact that these men and women risked their lives and often perished while protecting the freedoms that Americans continue to enjoy to this day.
The main piece of the memorial is the wall that lists the names of all of the individuals that lost their lives in Vietnam. This number is astounding at over 58,000 people listed. A separate memorial lists the women that lost their lives in one way or another while serving the interests of the United States while in the region. These areas of the park are open 24 hours a day as to ensure that friends and family members of these fallen heroes can honor them anytime they wish.
If you do visit and desire to leave something that represents the person that lost their life you should know that the item will not necessarily be held onto and certainly will not be returned to you. Due to the overwhelming about of items left by visitors, there is a necessity to clean the site regularly. However, the museum does retain items for their collection that have a significant meaning of the history of the conflict or the individual that served. A great deal of research and consideration has gone into determining what kinds of pieces are retained in the extensive catalog. It’s important to note that you should not leave something at the wall assuming it will be preserved, nor should you have the misconception that it will be returned to you.
It also should be noted that it is free to visit the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial. There may be fees associated with other attractions at the National Mall, but the visitation of the wall is always free. It’s important to note that if you wish to hold a special event on the grounds, including any type of protest, that you must obtain the proper permits in advance of such events. This is for your safety and in the best interests of all that wish to use the grounds. You can contact Bruckheim & Patel about obtaining these permits in Washington, D.C.
There are many ways to contribute to history and the honor of these fallen soldiers as well as those who served in World War II. There are often job openings at the park, in which you can work directly to help make the best of the historic preservation and the time guests spend there. You can also volunteer your time in several facets. Most importantly, you can make a one time or regularly recurring donation to help support the work done by those preserving this important history. If being of service to the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in any of these capacities is of interest to you, you can visit the website to obtain more information.