The Vietnam War is one of the most divisive moments in US history and because of this, many educators experience difficulty teaching it in their classrooms. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund provides teachers with robust education materials to help students learn about the lasting impact of the Vietnam War, while reinforcing reading, history, civic engagement, and other interdisciplinary skills. These various resources include:
- Hometown Heroes: A Service Learning Project
- The Wall That Heals
- Echoes From The Wall Teachers’ Guide
- Echoes From The Mall Field Trip Guide
- Workshops at The Wall
The Memorial Fund offers numerous ways for teachers and students various opportunities to get involved – to connect, create, share, explore, and participate in meaningful ways inside and outside the classroom.
With the goal to collect photos and stories of those on The Wall and those who returned, VVMF engaged the Veterans History Project (a part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress), to create the Hometown Heroes Service Learning Project. Students have an opportunity to learn about local veterans who served and sacrificed in Vietnam, and to preserve their stories for generations to come. The photos and stories collected through this project will be featured in The Education Center at The Wall.
Your class, school, or organization can host The Wall That Heals, a half-scale replica of The Wall and a Museum and Information Center designed to "bring The Wall home" to communities throughout our country. Since its dedication, The Wall That Heals has visited more than 400 cities and towns throughout the nation, spreading the Memorial's healing legacy to millions.
You can participate in ceremonies throughout the year at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. These events are open to the public and we encourage school groups to attend if they're in the Washington, D.C. area. Teachers can have students create remembrances and/or cards as a tribute to those who have served in the military for the Mother's Day, Father's Day and Christmas Tree ceremonies.
The Teachers’ Guide is available to every middle and high school in America. It is an interactive educational resource that provides students with in-depth historical information about the Vietnam War as well as an understanding of leadership, citizenship, and character.
The Field Trip Guide, contains a map and myriad educational activities geared towards K-12 students to use before, during, and after visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. For those unable to visit the Memorial or Washington, D.C. area, this guide provides a framework for exploring memorials in your own community.
- Coming Soon
Working with partnering educational organizations, VVMF conducts workshops for teachers and students to introduce them to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, comprised of The Wall, The Three Servicemen Statue, the Vietnam Women’s Memorial, and the In Memory plaque. These workshops, from April to October, provide opportunities to use today’s digital technologies and social networks outside the classroom, while learning about the Vietnam War, veterans, and stories
- For more information regarding workshops, please contact the Director of Education, Sharon Deane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With teaching and learning needs constantly shifting, VVMF is currently exploring new education initiatives and interpretive programs in preparation for the Education Center at The Wall. More to come later!