Ceremonies

Each year, VVMF holds several ceremonies and special events at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to help carry out its mission of honor and healing.  

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MOTHER'S DAY NAME ADDITIONS

The Name Addition Ceremony is held on Mother’s Day each year. Each year, names that have met the Department of Defense criteria for addition to The Wall, having sustained wounds in Vietnam from which they eventually perished, are unveiled on the black granite of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.

MEMORIAL DAY

The annual Memorial Day ceremony is hosted yearly by the Memorial Fund and the National Park Service to pay tribute to members of America’s armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam and in all conflicts.

IN MEMORY DAY

The In Memory program honors those who died as a result of the Vietnam War, but whose deaths do not fit the Department of Defense criteria for inclusion upon the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Every year there is a ceremony to pay tribute to these men and women who sacrificed so much for their country. The ceremony is held on Flag Day.

FATHER'S DAY ROSE REMEMBRANCE

Every year on Father's Day, volunteers join sons and daughters of those whose names are inscribed on The Wall and affix long-stemmed roses with messages of love and honor, sent from across the country to those lost in the war.  Each message is read aloud and each rose is touched to the loved one's name on The Wall before finally being placed at the base of the Memorial.

VETERANS DAY AT THE WALL

Each year thousands of visitors to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial gather to honor our nation’s veterans. On this special day, prominent Americans from all walks of life come to the Memorial to deliver thought-evoking and patriotic speeches. This ceremony pays tribute to all of our country’s servicemen and servicewomen, regardless of what conflict they served in.    

CHRISTMAS TREE

Before Christmas each year, the Memorial Fund staff and volunteers decorate a tree at the apex of The Wall. The tree is decorated with thousands of holiday messages sent to the Memorial Fund to honor those who served with the U.S. Armed Forces in Vietnam and other military conflicts and their families.