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.

Visit our newest exhibition in our Veterans Art Gallery

Dreams of Flight features the artwork of Retired Naval Aviator Thomas Paulk.

As a Navy pilot, flying F-4s and F-14s, Tom has been drawn to flying machines and the skies as primary subjects for his artwork. He also has a fondness for sea and cloudscapes. Tom works primarily with Acrylic on canvas. He does some metal sculpting, resin, and is proficient with an airbrush.

He hopes to have his point of view and his love for the skies show through in this show.

50 Years Beyond:

The Vietnam Veteran Experience

The Virginia War Memorial is proud to have collaborated with two women veterans on the new exhibition “50 Years Beyond,” which opened on January 27, 2023.

Professional photographer, Laura Hatcher (U.S. Navy, retired) and videographer Pamela Vines (U.S. Army, retired) traveled across the state with Memorial staffers to photograph and document the experiences of Virginia’s Vietnam Veterans over the past 50 years.

Their photographs and footage were used to create a comprehensive experience for viewers of the exhibit and will be shared alongside candid photos of 50 of Virginia’s veterans during their time in Vietnam. Check out this special behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the exhibition, and the stories of Virginia’s Vietnam Veterans.

The Public Green Space Initiative

The Virginia War Memorial is located on five rolling acres with a beautiful view of the James River and the skyline of downtown Richmond. It’s an ideal environment for groups to gather to commemorate and celebrate our State’s meaningful military service history. Also, and more often, the grounds provide a space for reflection.

The new Public Green Space Initiative will enhance the visitor experience. It will be environmentally sensitive and sustainable. Virginia’s veterans have served and sacrificed on behalf of people across the globe. This public green space will be a living testament to their valor.

We are recognized as the Nation’s leading state war memorial. We very much want to look the part. Our fallen veterans deserve no less.



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.

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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OPENING NIGHT: War in Pieces Theatrical Production

the 3rd annual festival of one act plays The Virginia War Memorial Foundation will present four one-act plays written by veterans and the spouse of …

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ONLINE – More Than Just a Wall: The History of the Virginia War Memorial

The Virginia War Memorial was dedicated on February 29, 1956 to honor the lives of Virginians who died in World War II and the Korean …

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K9 Veterans Day: Memorial Dog Walk

Bring your pup and join us for the 2nd Annual “K9 Veterans Day Memorial Dog Walk” View images from last year’s walk on our Facebook …

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