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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial honors the men and women who served when their nation called them. The Memorial deliberately sets aside the controversies surrounding the war, providing a place where visitors can reflect on the sacrifice of those who served far from home under difficult circumstances. The designer, Maya Lin, felt that “the politics had eclipsed the veterans, their service and their lives.” She kept the design elegantly simple to “allow everyone to respond and remember.”
Vietnam Veterans Memorial volunteers often play a crucial role in a person’s visit to the Memorial. They help visitors understand the patriotism, devotion to duty, and courage of the men and women honored by the Memorial. They may assist visitors in locating their loved one’s name on the wall or provide explanations about the layout and symbolism of the Memorial.
The National Mall and Memorial Parks mission is to manage, preserve, and maintain the monuments, memorials, and historic sites in the heart of Washington, D.C., and to provide opportunities for all Americans and park visitors to understand and be inspired by their significance. You can help advance this mission by volunteering in the park. Volunteers interact with visitors and assist Park Rangers in answering questions, giving talks, and leading tours of the monuments and memorials.