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 – Beginning November 7, 2021 VVMF will be running 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 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.
Starting on November 7, 2021 VVMF will release 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.
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.
Interested in volunteering to read names as part of the ceremony? You can now register for The Reading of the Names
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.
- 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 by name in the box above to see the approximate date and time.
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 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.
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.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]