Explore The Wall – The Vietnam Veterans Memorial

November 13th, 2015 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

 

It’s Friday, November 13, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

Located in Washington. D.C., The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, more commonly known simply as The Wall, opened on November 13, 1982 and is visited by an estimated 4.5 million visitors annually. This website from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), not only shares information about The Wall and its history, but also serves to preserve the stories and memories of those whose names are inscribed on the Wall.

Using the navigation bar near the top of the page, select “The Wall” then choose from the following: 

  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial – Learn about the memorial site, the history and design of the wall as well as how names are added to the wall.
  • Virtual Wall of Faces – The VVMF is working to finding a photo for each of the 58,000 names on The Wall. From this link you can see those that have been collected so far. Visitors can use the search engine to look for a specific person, or learn about those fallen or MIA soldiers by selecting their image. You may also read and leave a “Remembrance” about the soldier. Many of those remembrances left are quite touching, so be sure to look them over before allowing your tenderhearted children to read them.
  • Items Left at The Wall: The Virtual Collection – Over 400,000 items have been left at The Wall as tokens of respect and affection, and as tributes to the soldiers. Items are collected by the National Park Service, cataloged and preserved as part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial collection. At this link explore a sampling of the items that have been left.

When you are finished exploring The Wall, select the “Learn about the Vietnam Era” link for resources such as teaching guides and lessons, an interactive timeline, and information about the Hometown Heroes project.

Select “Education Center” to learn about the proposed Education Center at The Wall. When you select the “Explore the Center” option, locate the “7. Partners in Service” image and click on it. From there you can visit the “Australian Wall of Faces” to learn about those from Australia that gave their lives supporting the U.S. efforts in Vietnam.

This virtual tour helps our students put the faces to the names on The Wall and encourages them to remember the sacrifices our veterans and their families made for us.

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