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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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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The Commonwealth of Virginia’s Veterans Day Ceremony

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1918, marking the first anniversary of the end of World War I – the 11th day …

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Military Records Workshop

Having trouble finding information on your veteran ancestors? Join Kyndall Drumheller, Research and Policy Manager, and Heidi Sheldon, Archivist, for our Military Records Workshop. Focusing …

This day in history

  • 1942 The Battle of El Alamein begins in the North African Campaign.