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Memorial Day

The annual Memorial Day ceremony is co-hosted yearly by VVMF and the National Park Service to pay tribute to members of America’s armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam and in all conflicts.

Watch the Memorial Day 2020 virtual commemoration at: www.vvmf.org/alwaysremember.

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In Memory Day

The In Memory Program honors those who served in Vietnam, returned home and later died as a result of their service. Every year there is a ceremony to pay tribute to these men and women who sacrificed so much for their country.

VVMF has made the decision to cancel the 2020 In Memory ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more here.

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Father's Day Rose Remembrance

This Father’s Day, VVMF is assisting Sons and Daughters in Touch in holding a virtual ceremony to honor their fathers who are inscribed on The Wall. We hope you’ll join us in this virtual Father’s Day commemoration by sending in a video tribute and then coming back here on Sunday, June 21st at 1:00 p.m. to watch the commemoration.

Every Father’s Day, VVMF remembers fathers on The Wall, those service members on The Wall who never had a chance to come home and start a family as well as those fathers who later died as a result of their service in Vietnam.

Watch the Father’s Day 2020 virtual commemoration at: www.vvmf.org/fathers-day.

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Agent Orange Awareness Candlelight Display

August 10, 1961 is the date thought to be the first day that the herbicide, known as Agent Orange, was sprayed in Vietnam. On August 10, 2020, VVMF held its first-ever Agent Orange awareness event. “Bring Light illuminated the entire Vietnam Veterans Memorial site with orange candlelight — from The Wall itself to The Three Servicemen statue, the flagpole, the Vietnam Women’s Memorial statue and the In Memory plaque. Sponsoring a candle is one way to “bring light” to the suffering Agent Orange has spread since its first use on August 10th, 1961.

Learn more about Agent Orange Awareness.

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POW/MIA Candlelight Remembrance

National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed on the third Friday in September. On this day, we take the time to remember our prisoners of war and those who are missing in action, as well as their families. Join VVMF and the National League of POW/MIA Families for a virtual commemoration of National POW/MIA Recognition Day 2020 on September 18th at 12:30 pm EST.

Watch the 2020 National POW/MIA Recognition Day virtual commemoration at: vvmf.org/POWMIA-2020.

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Veterans Day

The annual Veterans Day ceremony is co-hosted by VVMF and the National Park Service to pay tribute to all of our country’s servicemen and servicewomen, regardless of what conflict they served in. On this special day, prominent Americans from all walks of life come to the Memorial to deliver thought-evoking and patriotic speeches.

Learn more about the 2020 Veterans Day virtual commemoration at: vvmf.org/honorservice

 

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Christmas Tree

Hosted by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Volunteers, the Christmas Tree Ceremony is a beautiful tradition that remembers all who served and sacrificed. A Christmas tree is decorated and stands at the apex of The Wall throughout the holiday season.

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Ceremony Photos

See all of the photos from ceremonies and events hosted at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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