2017 Reading Of The Names

 

READING OF THE NAMES

As part of the 35th Anniversary Commemoration

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - Friday, November 10, 2017

*The registration for the Reading of the Names is now closed.*

Confirmations for reading slots will be e-mailed out on Friday, September 1st. If you have any questions, please email rotn@vvmf.org.

To find out when a specific name is being read, click here.  

As part of the commemoration of The Wall’s 35 Anniversary, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is pleased to host the 2017 Reading of the Names of the more than 58,000 service members inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Join VVMF for this monumental event, as a reader or as a spectator, in honor of their sacrifice.

Stay engaged by following @VVMF and using the hashtags #ROTN and #TheWall35


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

WHAT IS THE READING OF THE NAMES?

VVMF is hosting the Reading of the Names of the 58,318 service members inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. as part of the special activities planned this November to commemorate The Wall’s 35th Anniversary. The Reading of the Names will take place at The Wall for 65 hours over a four-day period beginning with an opening ceremony on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.  Volunteers will read names for approximately eight hours from 4 p.m. on November 7 to 12 a.m. on November 8.  Participants will then read the names for 19 hours daily from 5 a.m. until 12 a.m. on November 8, 9, and 10.

WHEN DOES REGISTRATION OPEN FOR READING SLOTS?

Registration is now closed. To find out when a specific name is being read, visit: www.vvmf.org/rotn

I WANT TO READ A CERTAIN NAME OR AT A CERTAIN TIME. WHAT DO I DO?

Go to the registration site and click on “name” or “time” and it will allow you to register to read a specific name or during a specific time period. If you’re unsure of the exact name, use the advanced “casualty search” button.

MAY I SIGN UP FOR MULTIPLE READING SLOTS?

Yes, we welcome volunteers to sign up for as many time slots as they wish.  Early morning and late evening are times that we are especially in need of readers, but we welcome volunteers to sign up for whatever days and times are possible for them. 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A READER?

Each reader will read one page containing 30 names in approximately two minute intervals. 

WHEN DOES REGISTRATION CLOSE FOR READING SLOTS?

The deadline to register as a reader for the 2017 Reading of the Names is Friday, August 25, 2017.

WHEN WILL I BE CONFIRMED AS A READER?

Final notification of reading times will be sent via e-mail by Friday, September 1, 2017.

HOW DO I KNOW WHEN A CERTAIN NAME IS BEING READ?

The following are approximations of when names will be read according to date of casualty:

DATE START END
Tuesday, November 7 June 1956  October 1966 
Wednesday, November 8 October 1966  March 1968      
Thursday, November 9     March 1968 April 1969  
Friday, November 10 April 1969  May 1975    

 

WHERE IS THIS BEING HELD?

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. is located along Constitution Avenue between 21st and 23rd Streets, northeast of the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall.  The VVMF Information Tent will be located on the Henry Bacon Ballfield near the corner of Henry Bacon Drive and Constitution Avenue.

CAN I SIGN UP IN A GROUP?

If you would like to attend and read as a group (defined as more than one person) please check “group” on the registration page. One person from the group signs up as the group leader. The leader is responsible for coordinating with the individuals within their group. For example:  A reunion group wants to come one afternoon and will ready any available names. A group leader would then sign up for a time period and be given the appropriate number of reading slots.

WILL YOU HAVE DISABLED ACCESS?

Yes, the stage will be wheelchair accessible.

IS THERE A HOTEL YOU CAN RECOMMEND?

Find VVMF hotel room blocks and information here.

WHAT IS THE ATTIRE?

Dress for comfort and weather.  This is an outdoor event and will take place rain or shine.

IS PARKING AVAILABLE?

Parking is very limited so we recommend utilizing public transportation. If you have any questions about handicapped parking, please contact the National Park Service public affairs office at 202.619.7222.

WHICH METRO/SUBWAY STATION IS THE CLOSEST?

There are two Metro stops within walking distance to the Memorial.

Foggy Bottom/George Washington University, blue, orange or silver line, is the closest stop – turn right at the top of the stairs and walk south on 23rd Street about six blocks and that will bring you right to the Memorial.

Smithsonian, blue or orange line, is about twice as far as the Foggy Bottom stop – at top of escalator you will be facing the Capitol, turn around and walk west past the Washington Monument until you reach the Vietnam Veterans Memorial entrance around 21st and Constitution Avenue.

For more information about Metro please visit http://www.wmata.com/ or click here.

TAXIS/UBER: Taxis are usually available along Constitution Avenue. If you are trying to take an Uber to get there, the address that a visitor should use is:  5 Henry Bacon Drive NW, Washington, D.C.

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?

Please contact via e-mail at: ROTN@vvmf.org