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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.

Learn more about this year’s Memorial Day at: https://www.vvmf.org/2021-Memorial-Day

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In Memory Day

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

Learn more about this year’s In Memory events at: https://www.vvmf.org/In-Memory-Program/In-Memory-Ceremony/

 

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Father's Day Rose Remembrance

Every Father’s Day, VVMF lays thousands of roses at the Memorial site. Each rose holds a personal message in honor of the fathers on The Wall, those who never had a chance to come home and start a family, and those who later died as a result of their service in Vietnam.

Red roses symbolize those killed in action.  Yellow roses symbolize those missing in action.  White roses with red tips symbolize those who died after the war ended.

Family, friends and visitors are invited to take part in laying roses. It is a breathtaking site that demonstrates both the gratitude and the sacrifices of families impacted by war.

You can sponsor a rose and add a personal message that will be placed at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial site on Father’s Day, June 20th.

Learn more about the event and Rose sponsorships 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.

Watch 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.

Watch the 2020 Virtual Christmas Tree ceremony at: vvmf.org/christmas-2020.

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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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