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.


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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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Panel Discussion: Tales of a Tuskegee Airman

“If ordinary people are given proper training and opportunity they can do extraordinary things, regardless of race, creed, or color.” Those words were spoken by …

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Dedication Day & Grand Opening

You are invited to join your fellow Virginians and friends of the Virginia War Memorial as we celebrate the 64th Anniversary of the original opening …

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Meet the Artist Reception

Join us at the Virginia War Memorial to celebrate the opening of the Veterans’ Art Gallery.

This day in history

1945 After a grueling battle on Iwo Jima, U. S. Marines takes the island and raises the flag on Mount Suribachi.