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Educational exhibits will focus on the significance of the Vietnam era — how it brought changes to fundamental political processes, to social norms, to reporting news during the war, to changes within our military – and how those changes are still relevant today.


the wall of faces

The Wall of Faces exhibit will display the images of the more than 58,00 whose names are memorialized on The Wall, giving a face to the faceless. The visitor sees that these are real people who shared the same hopes and aspirations that we all do. This exhibit will also include a fitting tribute to those who have sacrificed all in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Rendering by Ralph Appelbaum Associates

The Wall of Faces exhibit will display the images of the more than 58,00 whose names are memorialized on The Wall, giving a face to the faceless. The visitor sees that these are real people who shared the same hopes and aspirations that we all do. This exhibit will also include a fitting tribute to those who have sacrificed all in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Rendering by Ralph Appelbaum Associates

the collection:  items left at the wall

Since the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) was dedicated in November 1982, more than 400,000 items have been left by visitors as remembrances and tributes. The National Park Service collects, catalogs, and preserves these objects as part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial collection, with curatorial support from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. These offerings range in meaning. There are objects of respect from brothers-in-arms, keepsakes from parents, and tokens left by children for grandparents they will never meet. Rendering by Ralph Appelbaum Associates

Since the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) was dedicated in November 1982, more than 400,000 items have been left by visitors as remembrances and tributes. The National Park Service collects, catalogs, and preserves these objects as part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial collection, with curatorial support from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. These offerings range in meaning. There are objects of respect from brothers-in-arms, keepsakes from parents, and tokens left by children for grandparents they will never meet.

Rendering by Ralph Appelbaum Associates

educational gallery:  the impact of an era

The gallery is a unique telling of one of the most divisive periods in American history. The visitor is immersed in a rich multimedia experience which tells the story of the Vietnam era through events on the battlefront and the homefront. The construct guiding the development of the exhibit components will place the Vietnam War and era in a broader historical context by examining how a particular topic took shape preceding the Vietnam era, during the Vietnam era, and how it has continued to evolve into the present. It looks through the lens of Vietnam, but makes the topics relevant to today by comparing it to the most recent conflict. This is a place of civic reflection, where patriotism is shown to be timeless.  The Hall pays tribute to all who have answered the call to duty—a historical continuum of those who served in American conflicts, from Bunker Hill to Baghdad. The exhibit works as a prelude to the other exhibits and gives context to other memorials on the National Mall. Rendering by Ralph Appelbaum Associates

The gallery is a unique telling of one of the most divisive periods in American history. The visitor is immersed in a rich multimedia experience which tells the story of the Vietnam era through events on the battlefront and the homefront. The construct guiding the development of the exhibit components will place the Vietnam War and era in a broader historical context by examining how a particular topic took shape preceding the Vietnam era, during the Vietnam era, and how it has continued to evolve into the present. It looks through the lens of Vietnam, but makes the topics relevant to today by comparing it to the most recent conflict. This is a place of civic reflection, where patriotism is shown to be timeless.  The Hall pays tribute to all who have answered the call to duty—a historical continuum of those who served in American conflicts, from Bunker Hill to Baghdad. The exhibit works as a prelude to the other exhibits and gives context to other memorials on the National Mall.

Rendering by Ralph Appelbaum Associates

THe legacy of service hall

This is a place of civic reflection, where patriotism is shown to be timeless.  The Hall pays tribute to all who have answered the call to duty—a historical continuum of those who served in American conflicts, from Bunker Hill to Baghdad. The exhibit works as a prelude to the other exhibits and gives context to other memorials on the National Mall. Rendering by Ralph Appelbaum Associates

This is a place of civic reflection, where patriotism is shown to be timeless.  The Hall pays tribute to all who have answered the call to duty—a historical continuum of those who served in American conflicts, from Bunker Hill to Baghdad. The exhibit works as a prelude to the other exhibits and gives context to other memorials on the National Mall.

Rendering by Ralph Appelbaum Associates

PARTNERS IN SERVICE

Partners in Service honors the several countries that supported the U.S.-led war effort in Vietnam and took on a significant role in the fighting. Rendering by Ralph Appelbaum Associates

Partners in Service honors the several countries that supported the U.S.-led war effort in Vietnam and took on a significant role in the fighting.

Rendering by Ralph Appelbaum Associates

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