Because of You: A Look Back at 2018

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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Photo credit: Rick Whitacre


Because of you, VVMF can 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 accomplished in 2018 because of YOU:

  • Hosted more than 5 million visitors at The Wall in Washington, D.C. including many veteran and student groups met by VVMF staff for tours and help with name rubbings.
  • Unveiled an all-new The Wall That Heals exhibit with a larger three quarter-scale Wall replica and all-new mobile Education Center. In 2018, The Wall That Heals visited 38 communities in 26 states to spread The Wall’s healing legacy to more than 400,000 visitors, including 35,000 Vietnam veterans. Guided tours of the exhibit were provided to nearly 21,000 students.
  • Installed a new and improved In Memory plaque that is raised and more prominent on the site of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
  • Honored 345 Vietnam veterans through VVMF’s In Memory program for veterans who died from Vietnam-related causes after returning home. Nearly 2,000 family members and friends attended the annual ceremony in June.
  • Recognized the repatriation of 15 service members on The Wall who were accounted for in 2017 and changed their statuses on The Wall accordingly.
  • Installed new glass tops on the stands which hold the name directories at The Wall, replacing the 35-year-old original glass.
  • Retained an object conservator to clean and care for the Three Servicemen Statue and In Memory plaque five times throughout the year.
  • Retained a lawn care company to fertilize and enhance the grass on the three-acre site of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and installed new landscaping around the Three Servicemen Statue.
  • Commemorated national Vietnam War Veterans Day at The Wall on March 29th with a presentation of bricks from the Hanoi Hilton prison where American prisoners of war were held.
  • Hosted nearly 1.2 million visitors on our website,, to learn about the Vietnam War, those on The Wall and those who have died since returning home.
  • Launched an online Wall of Honor to honor our allies from the Republic of Korea who fought and died alongside us in Vietnam.
  • Hosted Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies at The Wall to honor all those who have served and sacrificed.
  • Laid 3,000 roses at The Wall on Father’s Day to honor the fathers on The Wall, those that never got the chance to become fathers, and those who returned home and later died as a result of their service.
  • Honored our “Yellow Hat” volunteers with an appreciation luncheon to thank them for many long hours spent at The Wall helping visitors.
  • Created a new Facebook group for In Memory families so they can connect and share their stories of love and loss. By year’s end, nearly 3,000 friends and family of Vietnam veterans had joined the community.
  • Added 348 items to the online collection of items left at The Wall bringing the total number available online to more than 3,000 items.
  • Hosted 21 Items Left at The Wall distance learning programs reaching 574 participants – to virtually connect students and senior centers around the country with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection.
  • Through an amazing group of volunteers, collected more than 2,400 photos for VVMF’s online Wall of Faces leaving just 1,625 service members without a photo. Ten additional states were completed in 2018 to bring the total to 38 states and U.S. territories completed.
  • Hosted a candlelight remembrance at The Wall on September 21st in honor of POW/MIA Recognition Day.
  • Installed new directories of names at The Wall that reflected status changes and updates.
  • Launched an updated 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 and those inscribed on it.
  • Provided more than 5,000 free name rubbings for those that can’t make it to The Wall.
  • Partnered with schools and teachers in Prince William County, Virginia to teach 754 students about service members on The Wall and the history of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
  • Presented professional development on the Vietnam era to 70 educators.
  • Customized our educational curriculum to meet New York state standards, which now is the recommended resource for teachers incorporating information about Vietnam in their classrooms.
  • Partnered with the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Museum to teach 50 educators how to incorporate the Vietnam era into their classrooms.
  • Hosted a candlelight remembrance at The Wall in memory of Senator John McCain upon his passing.
  • Partnered with the National Park Service to create a Traveling Trunk Program to be piloted in 2019. The trunks include relics to help students better understand the Vietnam era and are available to schools in the Washington, D.C. area.
  • Partnered with Indiana University to present at a symposium on topics from the Vietnam era and VVMF programs.

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