A living tribute to freedom...and the sacrifices it requires.

Welcome to the Virginia War Memorial

Through the stories of those who served, the nation’s leading state War Memorial honors Virginia’s fallen and preserves the past. In the process of helping veterans find their voice and collecting and telling their stories, the Memorial also educates and inspires for the future.

Take a moving, reflective walk through the heart of the Memorial: the Shrine of Memory.

Engage directly with history through veteran-led tours, educational programs for all ages, as well as artifacts, photographs, films, oral histories, and the arts.

Visit our newest exhibition in our

Veterans Art Gallery

Painting with Light: Visible and Infrared features the photography of Retired Navy Captain and Virginia native Rich Davis.

Davis’s work primarily focuses on landscapes, night images, and infrared photographs. This exhibit will share his unique point of view and how various photographic lighting changes alter an image’s perspective.

A second-generation Naval Aviator, Captain Davis is proud to say he began his naval career “at birth.”


50 Years Beyond:

The Vietnam Veteran Experience


The Virginia War Memorial is proud to be collaborating with two women veterans on the new exhibition “50 Years Beyond,” opening in January 2023.

Professional photographer, Laura Hatcher (U.S. Navy, retired) and videographer Pamela Vines (U.S. Army, retired) are traveling the state with Memorial staffers to photograph and document the experiences of Virginia’s Vietnam Veterans over the past 50 years.

Their photographs and footage will be used to create a comprehensive experience for viewers of the exhibit and will be shared alongside candid photos of 50 of Virginia’s veterans during their time in Vietnam.

The Public Green Space Initiative

The Virginia War Memorial is located on five rolling acres with a beautiful view of the James River and the skyline of downtown Richmond. It’s an ideal environment for groups to gather to commemorate and celebrate our State’s meaningful military service history. Also, and more often, the grounds provide a space for reflection.

The new Public Green Space Initiative will enhance the visitor experience. It will be environmentally sensitive and sustainable. Virginia’s veterans have served and sacrificed on behalf of people across the globe. This public green space will be a living testament to their valor.

We are recognized as the Nation’s leading state war memorial. We very much want to look the part. Our fallen veterans deserve no less.



Join the War Memorial’s supportive community of Americans, both civilian and military, who stand by those who served and help them find their voice. Your gift will grow the educational programming, patriotic events, award-winning documentaries, and state-of-the-art facilities for which the Virginia War Memorial is known.

Upcoming Events

Get involved in a wide variety of patriotic ceremonies, educational programs, arts events, and fundraisers. Check back for updates or CLICK HERE to receive regular emails about War Memorial happenings.

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Leadership in America: Admiral James O. Ellis Jr, USN (Ret.)

The Virginia War Memorial Foundation is proud to present guest speaker Admiral James O. Ellis Jr, USN (Ret.). Admiral Ellis will be joining us as …

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Author Talk: Jack Carr and the 40th Anniversary of the Beirut Barracks Bombing

October 23, 2023 will be the 40th anniversary of the Beirut bombing, when 241 U.S. Military personnel were killed in the barracks bombing, including 220 …

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Leadership in America: One Week in October

On the 40th Anniversary of the U.S. Invasion of Grenada, the Virginia War Memorial will host a special event to examine the history of that …

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