This monument is another must-see on the National Mall. It pays tribute to the brave members of the U.S. Armed Forces who fought in the Vietnam War and were killed or went missing in action. The wall is made up of two identical sections, each being 246 feet, 9 inches long. In the wall is etched 58,000 names, listed in chronological order based on the date of casualty. Within each day, the names are listed in alphabetical order. Racertrips Tips The memorial is free to the public and is open 24 hours a day If needed, there are rangers on duty to answer any questions from 9:30 am to 10 pm daily.
I’m a former Marine and ran the Marine Corps Marathon as my first marathon in 2010, and I’ve run it three more times since then. I’ve run a total of 10 marathons and at least 15 ultras including the JFK 50 miler and several 100 milers. After spending a few years in recovery from Lyme’s disease, I have recently been accepted into one of the world’s most difficult ultras: the Fat Dog 120. I run every race in support of a wounded warrior organization called the SemperMax Support Fund. For me, this is a personal journey. In 2004, Lt. Col. Tim Maxwell was wounded just 50 yards from me. Since then, I have focused my life on reducing wounded warrior suicides. It’s a humbling journey, and you can read more about me and my efforts on the organization’s website.