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.

Who They Were: Lives Worth Knowing

A new exhibition opened on Veterans Day 2021 and sheds light on who these veterans were and what they were doing before military service interrupted and cut short their lives. Our vision is that a global audience will recognize the valor and sacrifice of Virginia’s military veterans in the pursuit of liberty, democracy, justice, and peace for all.
This exhibit is made possible by contributions from TowneBank of Richmond, The Windsor Foundation Trust, NewMarket, The Peachtree House Foundation, and the generous support of friends like you.

OUR VIRTUAL RESOURCES: Learning from the Homefront

As we collectively try to navigate the ever-changing landscape of education, the Virginia War Memorial Foundation has a number of online resources available for you and learners of all ages.

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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ONLINE: Operation Urgent Fury: The Invasion of Grenada, 1983

Virginia War Memorial Director, Clay Mountcastle, is joined by Appomattox native and VWMF Board Director Major General Robert “Bo” Dyess, USA, Ret. to examine the …

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ONLINE – The Four Chaplains: A Symbol of Extraordinary Heroism and Devotion

During the early morning darkness of February 3, 1944 the transport Dorchester was torpedoed in the icy waters off the coast of Greenland.  Four chaplains, …

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ONLINE – The Legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen: Heroes in the Air, Catalysts for Change

“We were fighting for our country and our families and hoped that we would survive the war…. If ordinary people are given proper training and …


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.

Plan Your Visit

The Virginia War Memorial overlooks the beautiful James River, boasting one of the best views of the Richmond skyline. Yet the Memorial offers so much more to see and do…

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This day in history

1972 North Vietnam rejects Peace Proposal from the U. S. The North Vietnamese wanted not only military withdrawal from the country, but a withdrawal of aid, arms and equipment as well.