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.


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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Commonwealth of Virginia’s 64th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony

Join us for the Commonwealth’s 64th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony as we honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to this country. The …

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Virginia Forum 2020

This event has been rescheduled from March 2020 to September 2020 due to COVID-19 related closures. The Virginia Forum 2020 offers an opportunity for all …

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3rd Annual Sips on the Skyline

September—the end of summer, the beginning of a new school field trip season, and Virginia Spirits Month. Join your fellow Memorial supporters, friends, and business …

This day in history

1917 United States declares war on Germany.