Each year on Veterans Day, thousands of veterans and their families congregate at The Wall to honor those who served 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.
This year marks the 35th Anniversary of the Three Servicemen Statue and the 15th Anniversary of the In Memory Plaque.
The Three Servicemen Statue was dedicated in November 1984 as the first addition to the site of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, two years after The Wall was built. Born out of a controversy surrounding the design of The Wall, the statue is meant to be a heroic, traditional depiction of those who served in Vietnam. Through the last 35 years, the Three Servicemen statue has continued to be a powerful tribute honoring our Vietnam Veterans.
The In Memory plaque was dedicated as part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial site in November 2004. It honors all those served in Vietnam, returned home, and later died of illnesses related to their service. A ceremony is held each June to honor these veterans who ultimately sacrificed all.