Ceremonies at The Wall

Memorial Day 2021

Each year on Memorial Day, veterans and their families congregate at The Wall to remember and to honor those who died while serving 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.

In-Person Event

VVMF will host a small in-person ceremony at The Wall to commemorate Memorial Day 2021. Under guidelines for Washington, D.C. as of May 1st, we are limited in the number of allowed attendees therefore we will not be able to accommodate our usual numbers.  There will no large group seating or wreath laying reservations due to the restrictions.  

Please note that all attendees will be required to wear masks for entry and must continue to wear them for the entire duration of the event.  

Virtual Event

For those who are unable to attend, you can still watch the ceremony here on our website at https://www.vvmf.org/2021-Memorial-Day or on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VietnamVeteransMemorialFund

Date and Time: May 31, 2021 at 1 pm

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

Keynote Address by Karl Marlantes, Vietnam veteran and Author




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Keynote Speaker

Karl Marlantes


Karl Marlantes

Photo by Devon Marlantes

Karl Marlantes

Author and Vietnam War veteran

Karl Marlantes is the bestselling author of Matterhorn, What It Is Like to Go to War, and Deep River.  Marlantes graduated from Yale University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.  Marlantes left after one semester at Oxford to join active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantry officer. He served during the Vietnam War with 1st Battalion, 4th Marines from October 1968 to October 1969, and was awarded the Navy Cross for action in Vietnam in which he led an assault on a hilltop bunker complex. He also served as an aerial observer while in Vietnam. Marlantes was also awarded a Bronze Star, two Navy Commendation Medals for valor, two Purple Hearts, and 10 Air Medals.