The Virginia War Memorial is the Commonwealth of Virginia’s premier monument, museum, and educational center honoring the memory of all Virginians who demonstrated a willingness to serve and fight to defend the United States from World War II through today. Through educational outreach, exhibits, documentary films, and patriotic programming, we strive to educate students of all ages and backgrounds on the experiences of those who served and their families on the homefront.
The Memorial regularly hosts a variety of school programs, both on and off site, lectures, exhibitions, seminars, and ceremonies to fulfill our mission to
To honor veterans, preserve history, educate youth, and inspire patriotism in ALL.
In 1981, the Shrine of Memory was expanded to include the names of those Virginians killed in action during the Vietnam War. In 1996, the names of those who died in the Persian Gulf War were added. Today, the names of nearly 12,000 fallen heroes are listed in the Shrine with the goal of never forgetting their service and sacrifice.