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Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection Artifact Experience and Discussion (FREE)

from Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

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Learn about the Vietnam Era and view objects left in remembrance at the Vietnam Memorial on the National Mall since 1982. From swords to draft cards, these objects represent the range of experiences citizens had during a divisive time in US history.  Classes are also available for adult groups interested in the program.

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45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Language Arts/English, Character Education

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Booking Information

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

Arlington, VA
United States

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is the organization that founded and built the Vietnam Memorial on the National Mall and continues to educate about the impact of the Vietnam era.

Jason R. Bain

Program Details


1. The program begins with a brief discussion on the design of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC
2. Participants will engage in discussion on possible justifications for war, and learn about US involvement in Vietnam.
3. Participants will see some objects from the Vietnam Memorial collection relating to personal motivations for serving
4. Participants will engage in a discussion about possible reasons to protest war, and learn about why so many young people protested US involvement in Vietnam
5. Participants will see some objects from the Vietnam Memorial Collection relating to anti-war protests.
6. Participants will learn about the ongoing impact of the war and see some objects from the collection relating to the ongoing impact of the war
7. Participants will have time to ask questions about the objects seen, or about the collection as a whole.


Participants will:
1. Engage in discussion about the various reasons leaders and citizens may engage in war or fight for peace
2. Make a personal connection between the events of the Vietnam era with real individuals and their objects
3. Explore the role of the Vietnam Memorial as a site for healing for a nation divided by the Vietnam War

Standards Alignment

National Standards

C3 Standards
D2.Civ..9.9-12 Use appropriate deliberative processes in multiple settings
D2. Civ.10.9-12 Analyze the impact and appropriate roles of personal interests and perspectives on the application of civic virtues, democratic principles, constitutional rights, and human rights
D2.His.1.9-12 Evaluate how historical events and developments were shaped by unique circumstances of time and place as well as broader historical contexts
D2.His.9-12 Analyze change and continuity in historical eras
D2.His.5.9-12 Analyze how historical contexts shaped and continue to shape people's perspectives