Vietnam Veterans Memorial – A Must See
This might sound like a cliché, but we’ll say it anyway. There are countless landmarks a visitor to Washington, DC must visit before they leave. Landmarks in a form of iconic monuments, impressive memorials, and government buildings that evoke our nation’s history and represent the country’s present strength. As we celebrate this year’s Veterans Day, we would like to drive your attention to one of the most significant memorials in the entire country — the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. If you’re traveling to Washington DC, this is a must-see. The memorial honors U.S. service members who have served and died during the War.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC is a national memorial with a surface of 2 acres (8,000 m²). The construction of the memorial has been a source of quite a few controversies, resulting in numerous alterations to the original design. This important memorial is comprised of three different parts — the Three Servicemen Memorial, the Vietnam Women’s Memorial, and the part known as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, which truly is the focal point of the entire memorial. The memorial was designed by Maya Lin – an American architect. The main part of the memorial was completed back in 1982. Located in the Constitution Gardens, the memorial is right next to the National Mall, just off to northeast from the Lincoln Memorial. The memorial is being maintained by the National Park Services.
The memorial is a busy place; it receives an estimated 3 million visitors every year and is one of the most popular tourist destinations not only in Washington, DC, but in the entire country as well. It was ranked top ten in the America’s Favorite Architectures and as a National Memorial, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The memorial is definitely a must-see site when traveling to Washington, D.C.
Take a Guided Tour
We, at USA Guided Tours DC, believe the only right way to visit all the iconic monuments and history of Washington, DC is with fully guided bus tours. This is the reason we created escorted bus tours to help enhance the sightseeing experience to those who have taken on the journey of visiting our beautiful nation’s capital. Our escorted tours are perfect balance between guided walking tours, bus tour and a boat cruise (on select tours). The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is part of our tours’ itinerary.
Whatever the occasion that brings you to Washington, DC might be, this Veterans Day and this holiday season is the perfect time to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and pay tribute to those who have served and fallen fighting for this country.
USA Guided Tours DC Blogging Team