August 2020 - Mike Machian
40th Anniversary of The Wall

Paying Tribute to the Names on The Wall

To commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, VVMF will pay tribute to all of the names engraved on The Wall with two special recognitions.

Daily Virtual Name Readings – On November 7, 2021 VVMF began a daily virtual name reading to honor the individuals on The Wall whose casualty date falls on that date.   These daily readings will run on our Facebook page, our YouTube channel, and our website vvmf.org/rotn beginning November 7th, 2021 and will run until November 6, 2022.

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 3:30 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.  If you want to know when a name is going to be read, please visit our Wall of Faces: https://www.vvmf.org/faces

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40th Anniversary of The Wall

Daily Virtual Name Reading

The above video player is a playlist showcasing the Daily Virtual Reading of the Names videos that will premiere every day at 3:00 p.m. EST. Click the playlist button (pictured below) in the top right corner of the video player to display a list of videos currently available. This list will update each day.

On November 7, 2021 VVMF began a daily virtual Reading of the Names.  Every day at 3:00 p.m. EST, VVMF will play a daily reading of all the individuals who died upon that day in alphabetical order.

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Reading of the Names - 2017 - Latosha Adams (109)
November 2022

In-Person 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.

Registration is currently closed and being finalized.  If you are interested in volunteering at the event to read names, you can sign up to be a stand-by reader:  https://www.vvmf.org/ROTN-volunteer/

If you want to know when a name is going to be read, please visit our Wall of Faces: https://www.vvmf.org/faces

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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. directly in front of The Wall. 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.

  • 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, you can check the service member’s Wall of Faces page. Go to https://www.vvmf.org/wall-of-faces to search the Wall of Faces.

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.

Some of these names are difficult to pronounce, how do I know I’m pronouncing them correctly?

If you have questions about pronunciation, we recommend visiting https://www.howtopronounce.com/, searching a name, and listening to the pronunciation.

I’m a confirmed reader. What time do I need to be at The Wall and where do I check in?

We ask that readers check in one hour prior to their scheduled reading. That way – if we are running ahead – you won’t miss your reading slot. Check in will be in a large white tent on the East Knoll of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The closest cross street is Constitution and 21st Street.

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 3:30 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” We encourage you to be dropped off/take a cab/Uber etc.

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? 

Constitution Ave NW & 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20245

What happens if it rains?

The Reading of the Names will continue on regardless of weather, with the exception of extreme weather or weather 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. Please dress based on weather conditions.

Can I sign up in a group?

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.htmFor general safety visiting Washington, D.C. and the surrounding areas, please visithttps://washington.org/dc-information/washington-dc-safety-information

Can we watch the Reading of the Names from home, if we cannot attend?

We were hoping to be able to livestream the entire Reading of the Names but the logistics of livestreaming for 65 hours over four days – while also running a live event with 1,000 of volunteers – have proven to be difficult. At this time, we will not be able to livestream or record the entire reading. We will continue to explore options but as of now – we should assume this is an in-person event only. We will livestream the opening ceremony on Monday, the 7th at @3:30 p.m. ET and if you can’t be in DC, we hope you will join us online for our Veterans Day ceremony on Friday, the 11th at 1:00 p.m. ET. We would also encourage you to check out the Daily Virtual Reading of the Names online that we’ve been doing every day for the last year on YouTube.

Still have a question or don’t see your question here?  Email us at [email protected]

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Hotel Information

VVMF is not able to block rooms for the event but we have compiled a list of hotels in the Washington, D.C. and Arlington, VA area that may be helpful for our guests. Please note that these properties vary in distance to The Wall and most would require a taxi/Uber/metro ride to get to The Wall.


Arlington, VA

Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA – https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/wasgw-crystal-gateway-marriott/overview/

Crowne Plaza Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, VA – https://www.cpcrystalcity.com/

Hilton Garden Inn Reagan National Airport in Arlington, VA – https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/dcaccgi-hilton-garden-inn-reagan-national-airport/


Washington, DC

Courtyard by Marriott Washington, D.C./Foggy Bottom – https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/wasfb-courtyard-washington-dc-foggy-bottom/overview/

State Plaza Hotel – https://www.stateplaza.com/

Hotel Washington – https://www.thehotelwashington.com/

Hampton Inn Washington, D.C./White House – https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/washshx-hampton-washington-dc-white-house/

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