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The United States Navy Memorial's Commemorative Plaque Wall program provides individuals and groups the opportunity to create a permanent memorial by sponsoring a plaque dedicated to an individual, group, ship, squadron, command, battle or event within the United States Sea Services, while supporting the mission of the Navy Memorial.

The plaques are publicly displayed within the Visitor Center and at navymemorial.org, where they are viewed by thousands of veterans, families, friends, tourists and school groups who visit Washington or visit our website.

Each plaque is an archival, photo engraved, matte finish aluminum plate measuring seven by three and three-quarters inches or a fourteen and three-quarters square and is created by our graphic designer in co-operation with the plaque's sponsor.  Plaques can include pictures, text, group insignias, logos, and other graphical elements.

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Can I Purchase a Replica of my Plaque?

Once the process is complete, an exact replica of the plaque, mounted on a handsome wood backing suitable for display or hanging, is available as a retail item.  Plaque sponsors are also given the image of the plaque on a CD that can then be used commercially to recreate the plaque on newsletters, coffee mugs, plates, reunion banners, or other suitable items.



Dedication Ceremony

Each sponsor, upon completion of their group's Commemorative Plaque Project, is entitled to a dedication ceremony in our theater.  During the ceremony, a member of the Memorial's leadership team will extend welcoming remarks to the sponsors of the plaque and invite members of their family to share reflections of their time aboard their ship, in their squadron or memories of their loved one being honored. Often, plaque dedications are done in conjunction with a scheduled reunion in the greater Washington DC area.  These events are always very meaningful to participants.

A commemorative plaque is a wonderful way to honor, recognize and celebrate the men and women of the United States Sea Services, past, present and future.


Commemorate your ship, squadron, crew or a family member in the Sea Services.

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Can I Search for a Plaque Online?

Yes!  The Navy Memorial Commemorative Plaque Wall is viewed by thousands of visitors each year, in person and online.  To browse or search for a plaque, click here.


Questions? Contact Lesley Rubinger at lrubinger@navymemorial.org or (202) 380.0718