Commemorating 35 Years of Healing: A Look Back



Because of you, VVMF is able to carry out its mission to honor and preserve the legacy of service in America and educate all generations about the impact of the Vietnam War and era.

A few highlights of what we were able to do in 2017 because of YOU:

  • Hosted nearly 5.3 million visitors at The Wall in Washington, D.C.
  • Visited 39 communities with our mobile exhibit, The Wall That Heals, to spread The Wall’s healing legacy to more than 250,000 visitors, including 34,000 Vietnam veterans and 14,000 students
  • Honored 412 Vietnam veterans through our In Memory program for veterans who pass away from Vietnam-related causes after returning home. Nearly 2,000 family members and friends attended the annual ceremony in June.
  • Added three names to The Wall and changed the statuses of five service members on The Wall who were accounted for in the past year
  • Hosted Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies at The Wall to honor all those who have served and sacrificed
  • Laid 2,800 roses at The Wall on Father’s Day to honor fathers on The Wall and those that never got the chance to become fathers
  • Honored our “Yellow Hat” volunteers with an appreciation luncheon to thank them for many long hours spent at The Wall helping visitors
  • Curated more than 1,400 Items left at The Wall for VVMF’s virtual Collection and for the future Education Center at The Wall
  • Honored Maya Lin, the designer of The Wall, at a reception the evening before Veterans Day
  • Collected more than 4,000 photos for our virtual Wall of Faces and the future Education Center at The Wall
  • Hosted a candlelight remembrance at The Wall on POW/MIA Recognition Day
  • Installed new directories of names at The Wall in Washington, D.C.
  • Updated the mobile Education Center that travels with The Wall That Heals exhibit to include new items left at The Wall and new stories of those on The Wall
  • Commemorated the anniversary of the groundbreaking of The Wall with a ceremony in March 2017
  • Hosted Lynn Novick, co-director of The Vietnam War, at a breakfast attended by hundreds on Veterans Day
  • Hosted nearly 2,000 participants who each read 30 names over four days at The Wall for the Reading of the Names
  • Launched a new mobile tour app to give those who can’t make it to Washington a chance to virtually visit and learn about The Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • Provided more than 150 free name rubbings per week for those that can’t make it to The Wall
  • Hosted 17 Items Left at The Wall distance learning programs – to virtually connect students and senior centers around the country with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection
  • Partnered with the Smithsonian to create a Learning Lab page all about the Vietnam Era
  • Partnered with PBS Learning Media to make VVMF Echoes From The Wall curriculum accessible on their website


Thank you for making this all possible. We couldn’t do it without you!