2017 Memorial Day at The Wall

Each year on Memorial Day, thousands of veterans and their families congregate at The Wall to remember and to honor those who served in the U.S. armed forces. On these special days, prominent Americans from all walks of life come to the Memorial to deliver thoughtful and patriotic speeches.  

Join us for Memorial Day at The Wall

Are you planning to attend the Memorial Day Ceremony? Please register by filling out the registration form for individuals. Please note that all seating is open UNLESS you are registering as a group.  Groups of TEN or more, please register here


Can't join us for Memorial Day but want to be notified of other VVMF events?  We invite you to join us in our mission to HONOR, PRESERVE and EDUCATE.  Ceremonies at The Wall are only one way that we further our mission to pay tribute to our nation's Vietnam Veterans and their families.  Sign up here to learn more.  

Please note that the deadline for reservations is May 12th. If you have questions, need to cancel a reservation or simply require assistance please contact rsvp@vvmf.org.

Date and Time:  May 29, 2017 at 1 pm

Location:  Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Washington, DC [map]

Keynote Speakers:  Filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

Ken Burns has been making documentary films for almost forty years.  Since the Academy Award nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, Ken has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made, including The Civil War; Baseball; Jazz; The Statue of Liberty; Huey Long; Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery; Frank Lloyd Wright; Mark Twain; Unforgivable Blackness:  The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson; The War; 

The National Parks:  America’s Best Idea; The Roosevelts:  An Intimate HistoryJackie Robinson; andmost recently, Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War. Current projects include The Vietnam War, a series about the history and meaning of the conflict, airing in September of 2017. 

Ken’s films have been honored with dozens of major awards, including fifteen Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards and two Oscar nominations; and in September of 2008, at the News & Documentary Emmy Awards, Ken was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Lifetime Achievement Award. [Full Bio]

Photo credit: Justin Altman

Filmmaker Lynn Novick has been making documentaries about American history for nearly twenty-five years. A director and producer, she has been a principal collaborator of Ken Burns since the early 1990s and together they have been responsible for more than 60 hours of programming, some of the most critically acclaimed and top-rated documentary films and series that have aired on PBS. Currently Novick is directing and producing — with Burns — The Vietnam War, a 14-16 hour series about the history and meaning of the conflict, airing in 2017, and Ernest Hemingway, a two-part biography of the writer slated for broadcast in 2019.  

Novick is also directing a feature length documentary exploring the personal and intellectual transformation of incarcerated men and women in a highly successful prison education program. [Full Bio]

Photo credit: Stephanie Berger


Read VVMF's Q&A with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick about their upcoming series, The Vietnam War. 

RSVP to the Ceremony (Individuals)

To RSVP to the Ceremony, please click here.

The seating will be open seating UNLESS you are a group of 10 or more.

RSVP to the Ceremony (Group)

To RSVP a Group to the Ceremony, please click here.

*All Groups must be 10 or more.

Wreath Laying Request Registration

Wreaths should be delivered to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial kiosk by 10:00am on Monday, May 29th.  Presenters will need to arrive to the kiosk by 12:00pm. In the case of late arrivals or no-shows, VVMF reserves the right to reassign wreath slots to other guests.

To RSVP to lay a Wreath, please click here.  

This ceremony is generously sponsored by