Reading of the Names
THE READING OF THE NAMES – NOVEMBER 7th – 10th 2022
The Reading of the Names will begin at The Wall on November 7, 2022. For 65 hours over a four-day period, each of 58,281 names on The Wall will be read aloud by thousands of volunteers. We hope you will join VVMF for this monumental event, as a reader or as a spectator, in honor of their sacrifice.
Reader registration is now open! There are two ways for you to sign up:
- Specific Name on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
- Specific Time
You can sign up to read a specific name on The Wall, or a specific time between November 7 – 10, below. Please note this is an in-person reading and you will have to be in Washington, D.C. during the event.
Reader registration will close on Monday, August 1st and reading slots will be confirmed by early September.
You can also use the tool below to find out when a specific name is being read – if you would just like to be in attendance during that time.
If you have questions before or after signing up, please review our Frequently Asked Questions section for the Reading of The Names. If you still have questions or have any problems trying to sign up, please send an email to [email protected] with all of your request information.
Before you sign up for the Reading of the Names, you must agree to the following:
You will be in-person in Washington, D.C. at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to read.
You have a valid email address that you will sign up with. All correspondence and confirmations will be sent via email to the email address you use to sign up with.
Sign Up By Finding a Specific Name on The Wall
To sign up by name, use our search feature below. The information you are entering below is the name of the person you are requesting to read.
Tip 1: Only enter the Last Name and then try searching first before adding in other fields.
Tip 2: If your search doesn’t reveal any matches use the “Back” button on your web browser to return to search. Don’t click the “Advanced Search” button that shows up asking you to search again.
Tip 3: If you try registering for a name and you don’t get a confirmation screen, you may need to “refresh” your web browser. Hit the back button until you see this page, hold and press Ctrl+Shift+R on your keyboard to perform a hard refresh. This webpage should reload.
Alternatively, you can sign up by using the form below.
Sign up by Time Slot
If you don’t have a specific name you want to read but are available to volunteer to read a name, please signup for a time below. If your exact time conflicts with another request, we will place you in the nearest available open time slot. This is a good option if you want to read as a group or organization. For the “Relationship” box in the drop down menu below, please select “Other”.
Frequently Asked Questions
When and where does the Reading of the Names take place?
The Reading of the Names of the 58,281 service members inscribed on The Wall will take place beginning at 4 p.m. ET on Monday, November 7th, 2022 in Washington, D.C. Reading will go until Midnight that night. Reading will continue on November 8th, 9th, and 10th from 5 a.m. until midnight each day. The final name will be read just before midnight on Thursday, November 10th.
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)
What order do they read the names?
The names are read in the same order they are inscribed on The Wall – by date of casualty. To find out exactly when a name is being read, search for a name in the “Sign Up By Finding a Specific Name on The Wall” area provided above to see the approximate date and time.
How do I find out when a name will be read?
Use the Search function above “Sign Up By Finding a Specific Name on The Wall” but don’t complete the sign-up form.
Do I have to be there in person to read or can I read it online?
This is our every five years in-person Reading and you must be in Washington, D.C. in order to participate. We have been reading the names virtually online since last November. Please note those names are read in a different order – by those who died on a given day – no matter the year. To see/hear those readings, click on “Daily Virtual Name Reading” above.
How many names does each person read and will I receive my list of names in advance?
Each volunteer reader will receive 30 names to read for a two-minute reading time. The list of names you will be reading will be emailed out to you once your reading request has been confirmed by VVMF. VVMF will be finalizing all reading slots after the registration period closes on August 1st. After that, we will work to confirm reading slots as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience in advance as we work through any conflicting requests.
What happens if I don’t get the exact time slot / exact name requested?
With nearly 2,000 volunteers needed to fill all of the name reading slots, multiple people signing up for the same time will likely occur. VVMF will do everything it can to ensure that you are able to read the name of a loved one or friend that you request. Once VVMF has finished processing all requests and addressed multiple sign ups for the same individual / time we will email you a confirmation. If you do not get the exact name / time, please do not be disheartened or cancel your reservation. Our volunteers will work with you once you arrive at the site and check in. We will then take all the steps appropriate to ensure that you will get to say the name of your person.
Can I say something else other than the names on my sheet?
We ask that you only read the name on your sheet as it is written. While there are many reasons as to why, the main reason is that we are following the “spirit” of the Memorial. The Memorial contains no ranks, no branches of service, no awards, no commendations and no citations. On The Wall every name is equal, from the first to the last. The Reading of The Names happens on hallowed ground and is not the place for any kind of political speeches or grandstanding. We require all our guests and volunteers to follow the spirit of the Memorial and act with reverence during this tribute to our fallen service members.
Is there an opening ceremony?
There will be a brief introduction prior to the start of the Reading of the Names. This introduction will take place between 3:00 PM ET and the 4:00 PM ET start time of the event on Monday, November 7th, 2022.
Is there parking near the reading site?
Parking in the District of Columbia, especially around the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and National Mall, is very limited. We recommend utilizing public transportation to get to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Parking along Constitution Avenue and many of the streets around the National Mall is paid/metered parking with a time limit. For more information on parking and handicapped parking, please see “Local Parking and Transportation”
I will be taking a taxi or ride share to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial for the Reading of The Names. Where should I have my driver drop me off?
The two locations we recommend are either “Constitution Ave NW & 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20245” or “Constitution Ave. NW & Henry Bacon Dr NW, Washington, DC 20418
What happens if it rains?
The Reading of the Names will continue on regardless of weather, with the exception of extreme conditions that would require seeking immediate shelter, such as thunderstorms and tornados. Any postponement or interruption to the ceremony would be issued by the National Park Service or National Park Police. VVMF does not have umbrellas or rain gear available. Please plan accordingly for rainy and/or cold conditions by ensuring you have warm clothes, ways to stay dry and appropriate footwear as the site can become wet and muddy.
Can my group (a VVA Chapter for example) sign up?
You can sign up as a group but you will need to sign up for using the “Sign up by Time Slot” option on the signup page. You will need to manually signup for these times one at a time. This is ensure that both groups and individuals have the same equal access to reading signups.
Is it safe?
The safety of our visitors and guests is of the utmost importance to us. For tips on visiting the National Mall please review the Safety section of the National Park Service website: https://www.nps.gov/nama/planyourvisit/safety.htm. For general safety visiting Washington, D.C. and the surrounding areas, please visithttps://washington.org/dc-information/washington-dc-safety-information
Still have a question or don’t see your question here? Email us at [email protected]