Category Archive: Lessons From War

War, Grief, Healing: The Wall That Heals tells the story of Vietnam

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Compiled and written by Jason Bain, Senior Collections Curator and Ashley Barnes, Assistant Collections Curator of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection.   The Wall That Heals, VVMF’s half-scale Wall replica and mobile Education Center, has… Continue reading

How You Preserved the Legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 2016

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  2017 will mark the 35th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. In 1982, a promise was made to never forget those who sacrificed their lives during the Vietnam War. Today, more than… Continue reading

Decades After Vietnam: The Wall “showed me what war did to a family”

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Marine CPL John C. Pennington died on June 9, 1968 during a convoy ambush about five miles east of the Khe Sanh combat base. He was 23 years old. His name is remembered on Panel 58W, 13 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Beyond the Names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Students Find Their Photos

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The structure that holds the names of the more than 58,000 fallen veterans is powerful to all who visit it. More than 30 years after The Wall’s dedication, VVMF has made significant ground on its biggest… Continue reading

VVMF’s 2016 Student Video Contest Asks: “How did the Vietnam War change our country?”

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With Memorial Day approaching, VVMF is giving students in grades 4 through 12 the chance to participate in the third annual Student Video Contest. The non-profit organization that founded the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in… Continue reading

Wisconsin Man Honors Fallen Heroes By Creating Memorial on His Lawn

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Steve Conto is from Menasha, Wisconsin. While not a Vietnam veteran, he has the utmost respect for those who served before him. More than a decade separates Steve’s service from the brutalities of… Continue reading

“Wall Magic” at the Vietnam Memorial: Woman Finds Birth Father Almost 30 Years Later

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“Wall Magic” is a term coined to describe miraculous, inexplicable moments at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Veterans have reconnected after decades while searching for the same name, family members come into contact with… Continue reading

‘I Feel Closer to My Brother’: Families of Fallen Helicopter Pilots Unite with Veterans to Heal

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“I feel closer to my brother.” Julie Kink held back some tears as she addressed a crowd of more than 100 Gold Star families on the morning of August 26, 2015. Kink is the sister… Continue reading

Wisconsin Hero Bike: The Motorcycle Left at The Wall

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Of the more than 400,000 items left at The Wall, one really stands out. The Wisconsin Hero Bike is by far the most well-known item left at The Wall. It was a special… Continue reading

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and the National Park Service Unveil Items Left at The Wall – The Virtual Collection

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More than 400,000 items have been left at The Wall. Each item symbolizes messages to the more than 58,000 who died in Vietnam, showing the true cost of war, and that a nation… Continue reading