The Education Center will put a face to every name on The Wall, along with remembrances for each. The exhibit will also recognize soldiers who served in more recent American conflicts.
At the Center’s core will be a selection of the more than 400,000 items left at The Wall. Through the objects, visitors will grasp the healing of those affected by war.
The Timeline will be a unique telling of one of the most divisive moments in U.S. history. The visitor will be immersed in a rich multimedia experience, from the battlefront to the home front, and back again.
The Legacy of Service will introduce visitors to the long tradition of service to the country, from the Revolutionary War to the present day. It will honor all who have answered the call to duty.
**All renderings by Ralph Appelbaum Associates
CAMPAIGN FOR THE EDUCATION CENTER AT THE WALL
When it is completely funded and built, the Education Center at The Wall will add a new educational and honorific component to one of the nation’s most powerful and moving memorials.
- It will put a face to every one of the more than 58,000 names listed on The Wall and help ensure that the Memorial will continue to speak about the importance of honoring our veterans and remembering those who died serving their country.
- It will tell the story of how the Vietnam Memorial Wall became a site of individual grief and public mourning in the years following a painful and divisive war.
- It will include voices of veterans who returned to tell us their stories and preserve memories of those who did not.
- It will share some of the hundreds of thousands of objects left at The Wall by families, military comrades, and others over more than three decades.
- It will provide a historical account of the events that took place on the battlefield and the homefront during the Vietnam Era.