Tell all who enjoy freedom of the deeds and sacrifices required for freedom to flourish

Welcome to the Virginia War Memorial

Completed on February 29, 1956, the Memorial is the Commonwealth of Virginia’s premier monument, museum, and educational center honoring all Virginians who demonstrated a willingness to serve and defend the United States from World War II through today.


Help grow the educational programming, patriotic events, and award-winning documentaries for which the Virginia War Memorial has become known. Your gift provides all with a personal way to learn about the Commonwealth’s history, our nation's history, and honor our veterans.

Plan Your Visit

The Virginia War Memorial overlooks the beautiful James River, boasting one of the best views of the downtown skyline. A visit to the Memorial can include time remembering the fallen in the Shrine of Memory, learning first-hand about those who served by watching any one of our twenty-five documentary films, or touring the exhibit halls with one of our docents, many of whom are veterans themselves. A large outdoor amphitheater overlooking the James River is the perfect venue for concerts and ceremonies.

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Upcoming Events

The Virginia War Memorial hosts a wide variety of patriotic ceremonies, educational programs, community outreach, and fundraising events each year. Please check back for updates or CLICK HERE to receive regular emails about War Memorial happenings.

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Divergent Paths

From the nineteenth century Scouts to the Code Talkers and combat veterans of the twentieth century, Native Americans have served in the US Military with …

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The Mighty Pen Project

The Mighty Pen Project at the Virginia War Memorial generates, preserves, shares, and honors stories written by military veterans and those touched by their service. …

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RESCHEDULED! Military Records Workshop

**NOTE: This event has been rescheduled from November 13**

This day in history

  • 1943 US Marines finally take the victory in the battle for Tarawa. On the first day of the invasion, November 20, around 1,500 out of 5,000 Marines were killed or wounded.