The Public Green Space

The Virginia War Memorial is located on five rolling acres with a beautiful view of the James River and the skyline of downtown Richmond.

The War Memorial is an ideal place 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 solitary or family reflection and meditation.

Admission to the grounds is always free. The grounds are ADA accessible. The grounds are open from sun-up to sundown. They are under 24/7 security with cameras, providing safety and lighting. We estimate that a third of our visitation is outdoor visitors to the Shrine.


This short video provides a brief overview of the plans to improve the public green spaces on-site:


On October 18th, the Garden Club of Virginia awarded the 2023 Common Wealth Award to the Virginia War Memorial Foundation for our Public Green Space Project.

This prestigious and historic recognition dates to the Garden Club’s Annual Meeting in May 1979 when the Club first voted to provide an annual grant to promote projects in the interest of conservation, beautification, horticulture, preservation and education in Virginia.

Read more about this on our BLOG


Our vision is that a global audience will recognize the valor and sacrifice of Virginia military veterans in the pursuit of liberty, democracy, justice, and peace for all.

A simple marble plaque installed in the nave of a 12th-century stone Romanesque church in Ver-sur-Mer, France, is the perfect embodiment of that vision.

In recognition and appreciation for the relief and restoration efforts provided by the Garden Club of Virginia to the Normandy village of Ver-sur-Mer, the sons and husbands of Garden Club of Virginia members are memorialized for their service during World War II.

Recently, Virginia War Memorial volunteer Bill Wheeler researched each of these 30 individuals — individuals wanting to live, but willing to die for the cause of liberty. Their stories, and photographs, when available, are now on here online and in a book recently published by the Virginia War Memorial Foundation.