Government Shutdown and Important Information
All effective January 2, 2019 all Smithsonian’s including the National Zoo are now closed until further notice. The National Gallery of Art and the Sculpture Garden are open today only (Jan. 2nd) until 5:00pm and will be closed beginning January 3rd.
The following are open for business: the Capitol Visitors Center, Botanic Garden, National Women’s Museum, Madame Tussauds*, the Newseum*, Museum of the Bible*and the National Law Enforcement Museum*. All outdoor Memorials are open but do not have restroom facilities.
The privately owned Museums noted with an * do require an entrance fee.
On Saturday January 19, 2019 OTT DC will be closed for day tours due to the 2019 Annual Women’s March on Washington. Night tour runs normally.
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Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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vietnam veterans memorial in washington dc

Often referred to as the wall that heals, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial beckons visitors of all ages, races and nationalities. It was created to honor and remember the men and women who served in the Vietnam War and to help our country heal after the controversial, emotional conflict ended. The enormous black wall lists 58,209 names of those who are missing or were killed during the war.

Everyday, people from all walks of life come to search the wall for the name of a loved one, friend, fellow soldier or simply to take a moment to think and reflect. It’s not uncommon for folks to leave flowers, gifts, medals, notes, cards and other items next to the wall and many of these items are brought to the Museum of American History. Also part of the memorial is the Vietnam Women’s Memorial that honors the women—both enlisted and civilian, who gave their service to our country during that time. A sculpture of three-young soldiers also sits nearby—an ever-present reminder of the young people who went to Vietnam to fulfill their patriotic duty.

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