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40th Anniversary of The Wall

The Legacy Endures

In 1982, when the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was built and dedicated, a promise was made to never forget those who served and sacrificed in the Vietnam War.

This year marks 40 years since that promise was made and The Wall has become the symbol for an enduring legacy of healing, remembrance, and education.

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40th Anniversary of The Wall

40th Anniversary Events

March 26, 2022 – 40th Anniversary of the Groundbreaking of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Time: 1:00pm
This even can be re-watched on the VVMF Facebook page or YouTube.


March 29, 2022 – National Vietnam War Veterans Day Observance
Time: 1:00 pm on the East Knoll in Washington, D.C.
Co-hosted by Vietnam Veterans of America

This even can be re-watched on the VVMF Facebook page or YouTube.


May 30, 2022 – Memorial Day at The Wall
Memorial Day Observance
Time: 1:00 pm at The Wall in Washington, D.C.
Ceremony will be livestreamed on the VVMF Facebook page and website.
Learn more about the Ceremony and RSVP for Seating: https://www.vvmf.org/2022-Memorial-Day/


June 17, 2022 – In Memory Honor Roll Call Event
Time: 10:00 am on the East Knoll in Washington, D.C.
The first-ever in-person full reading of the more than 5,000 In Memory honorees inducted from 1993-2021.
Ceremony will be livestreamed on the VVMF Facebook page and website.
To learn more click here.


June 18, 2022 – In Memory 2022 Induction Ceremony
Time: 10:00 am on the East Knoll in Washington, D.C.
Induction ceremony for 2022 In Memory honorees.
Ceremony will be livestreamed on the VVMF Facebook page and website.
Applications to have a veteran honored in this ceremony were due by March 29, 2022.
To learn more about the In Memory 2022 Induction Ceremony, or how to honor a Vietnam veteran in a future ceremony, click here.


June 19, 2022 – Father’s Day Rose Remembrance
Time: 10:00 am at The Wall in Washington, D.C.
Roses will be laid around the Vietnam Veterans Memorial site to honor fathers on The Wall, those who never had the chance to become fathers and those fathers who returned home and later died.
Rose sponsorship for Father’s Day 2022 will be available here in May 2022.


June 27, 2022 – PTSD Awareness Day
Time: Sunset at The Wall in Washington, D.C.
Teal candles will be laid around the Vietnam Veterans Memorial site to honor those who struggle with PTSD and those who’ve lost their battle to PTSD.
Candle sponsorship for PTSD Awareness Day will be available here in June 2022.


August 10, 2022 – Agent Orange Awareness Day
Time: Sunset at The Wall in Washington, D.C.
Orange candles will be laid around the Vietnam Veterans Memorial site to honor those who returned home from Vietnam and struggled with Agent Orange-related illnesses.
Candle sponsorship for Agent Orange Awareness Day will be available here in July 2022.


November 7 – 10, 2022 – The Reading of the Names at The Wall in Washington D.C.
The reading of 58,281 names on The Wall over a 65-hour period leading up to Veterans Day.

Reading times:
November 7, 2022 from 4:00 pm – Midnight
November 8, 2022 from 5:00 am – Midnight
November 9, 2022 from 5:00 am – Midnight
November 10, 2022 from 5:00 am – Midnight

Registration to read specific names or at specific times will open here on/about May 5, 2022.


November 11, 2022 – Veterans Day Observance at The Wall
Time: 1:00 pm at The Wall in Washington, D.C.
Ceremony will be livestreamed on the VVMF Facebook page and website.
Seating and wreath laying request forms will be live here in September 2022.


November 11, 2022 – 40th Anniversary Gala
Details to be announced soon.

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40th Anniversary of The Wall

Events around the Country

The Wall That Heals traveling Wall replica

The 27th season of The Wall That Heals will begin on March 24, 2022 in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi and visit 29 communities during the year. The traveling exhibit honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces in the Vietnam War and it bears the names of the 58,281 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

City Host Opening Closing
Bay St. Louis, MS
Alice Moseley Folk Art & Antique Museum
3/24/22 3/27/22
Garner, NC
Show N Tell Ministries
3/31/22 4/3/22
Crawfordsville, AR City of Crawfordsville & Crittenden County 4/7/22 4/10/22
Knoxville, TN Knox County & VVA Chapter 1078 4/21/22 4/24/22
New Castle, DE William Penn High School 4/28/22 5/1/22
Findlay, OH Findlay AmVets Post 21 5/5/22 5/8/22
Belvidere, IL Flora Grange No. 1762 5/12/22 5/15/22
Winchester, IN Randolph County Veteran Services Office 5/19/22 5/22/22
Erie, PA Lily Broadcasting/Erie News Now 5/27/22 5/30/22
Norwalk, CT The Wall That Heals Norwalk Committee 6/2/22 6/5/22
Chisholm, MN United Way of NEMN – United for Veterans 6/23/22 6/26/22
Franklin, WI Civic Celebration Commission 6/30/22 7/3/22
Chicago Heights, IL Bloom Township 7/7/22 7/10/22
Battle Creek, MI 7/14/22 7/17/22
Eagan, MN Community of Eagan & The Dart Network 7/21/22 7/24/22
Winsted, MN American Legion Post 407 7/28/22 7/31/22
Tama, IA Meskwaki American Legion Post 701 & Z-Line LTD 8/4/22 8/7/22
Kearney, NE 37th Nebraska Vietnam Veterans Reunion 8/11/22 8/14/22
Mead, CO Town of Mead 8/18/22 8/21/22
Payson, AZ The Wall That Heals – Payson 8/25/22 8/28/22
Warrenton, MO The Wall That Heals – Warrenton 9/8/22 9/11/22
Middletown, NY K of C Blessed Titus Brandsma Council & Our Lady of Mount Carmel 9/15/22 9/18/22
Bedford, MA VA Bedford Healthcare System 9/22/22 9/25/22
Methuen, MA Methuen Veterans 9/29/22 10/2/22
Sayre, PA The Wall That Heals Penn-York Committee 10/6/22 10/9/22
Charlotte, NC Duke Energy Carolinas 10/20/22 10/23/22
Anahuac, TX The Wall That Heals – Chambers County 10/27/22 10/30/22
San Antonio, TX Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Texas (TMMTX) 11/3/22 11/6/22
Cabot, AR Cabot Welcomes The Wall That Heals 11/10/22 11/13/22

Panel 44 Traveling Exhibit


Panel 44 – Eight Days in March is a traveling exhibit that is part of the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Panel 44 was produced in 1982 but was ultimately not placed in the Memorial because of a crack located on the upper right edge of the panel that would have been exposed upon placement in The Wall. Many years later, the panel was found for sale online. VVMF reached out to the seller and acquired the panel and it has been displayed in VVMF’s office until its removal for this traveling exhibit.

Exhibit dates and locations:

  • More dates and locations to be announced soon including the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola Florida and the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas.

To learn more about the Panel 44 Traveling exhibit, visit vvmf.org/panel44.

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40th Anniversary of The Wall

40th Anniversary Monthly Blog Posts

December – 40 SONGS ABOUT THE VIETNAM WAR AND ERA
January –40 MOVIES ABOUT THE VIETNAM WAR AND ERA
February – 40 BOOKS ABOUT THE VIETNAM WAR AND ERA
March – 40 ITEMS LEFT AT THE WALL
April –40 TOP PHOTOS TAKEN AT THE WALL – AS CHOSEN BY THE VOLUNTEERS OF THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL

Do you have photos from the 1982 dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial? We are putting together 40 photos to commemorate the 1982 dedication and your photos could be included.
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November 7 - 10

The Reading of the Names

For the 7th time in our history, VVMF will host an in-person event where every single name on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is read in order of which it appears on The Wall.  As part of the 40th anniversary commemoration the in-person Reading of the Names ceremony will take place in Washington, D.C. at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and begins on November 7, 2022 at 3 p.m. EST.  Thousands of volunteers will come to DC to take part in this special event that will end at midnight on November 10, 2022.

The Reading of the Names Schedule (EST):

  • Monday, November 7th – 4:00 pm – 12:00 am (midnight)
  • Tuesday, November 8th – 5:00 am –  12:00 am (midnight)
  • Wednesday. November 9th – 5:00 am –  12:00 am (midnight)
  • Thursday. November 10th – 5:00 am –  12:00 am (midnight)

Interested in volunteering to read names as part of the ceremony?  You can now register for The Reading of the Names

Register for The Reading of the Names

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Commemorative Gear

40th Anniversary Hats and Shirts

The order window for the 40th Anniversary shirt and hat is now closed.  We’ll let you know when they are available for order again.

Learn more about the shirt and hat:  https://www.vvmf.org/40th-gear

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Support the 40th Anniversary

If you or your company are interested in becoming a sponsor of the 40th Anniversary of The Wall and all of our commemorative events, please contact Viktor Zikas – [email protected]

Interested in joining a special group of donors in honor of the 40th Anniversary?  Take up the 40 for 40 challenge today!


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