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.

50 Years Beyond:

The Vietnam Veteran Experience

We are planning a new exhibition featuring 50 of Virginia’s Vietnam War veterans. We plan to feature candid photos of 50 veterans during their time in Vietnam alongside professional portraits of those same veterans today–50 years beyond.

We are asking that veterans and their family members to be part of the Virginia War Memorial’s effort to acknowledge and honor our Vietnam Veterans by submitting photographs taken during their military service while in Vietnam.


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.

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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The Color of Freedom Traveling Exhibit

The Color of Freedom: Honoring the Diversity of America’s Servicewomen This traveling exhibition was created by the Military Women’s Memorial with the goal of shedding …

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ONLINE – Feldpost: German Letters from World War II

Feldpost is the German military mail service. Join Virginia War Memorial Education Director, Jim Triesler, as he explores life inside Germany during World War II, …

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Commonwealth’s 66th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony

Memorial Day is the day we come together to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. Although at the …


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

1881 The American Red Cross is founded with the help of Clara Barton and Adolphus Solomons. The organization provides humanitarian aid to victims of natural disasters and war.