Monday, March 29, 2021

National Vietnam War Veterans Day 2021

 I honor the valor of all who served in Vietnam.

Vietnam Veterans Day commemorates the sacrifices of Vietnam veterans and their families and is part of a national effort to recognize the men and women who were denied a proper welcome upon returning home more than 40 years ago.

The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act, signed into law in 2017, designates March 29 of each year as National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

Most states celebrate “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day” on March 29 or 30 of each year. Though there is some debate, March 29 is generally viewed as a more appropriate date. On that day in 1973, the last combat troops were withdrawn from Vietnam and the last prisoners of war held in North Vietnam arrived on American soil. It is also the date President Nixon chose for the first Vietnam Veterans Day in 1974.

 

https://militarybenefits.info/national-vietnam-war-veterans-day/

6 Comments:

At March 29, 2021 at 5:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for remembering

 
At March 29, 2021 at 6:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Miss your ceremonies over the years Jim and look forward to hem again

 
At March 30, 2021 at 11:58 AM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

I hope we can get back for National POW MIA Day in September.

I was hoping our VSO would have done something for the local Nam Vets.... but I guess he's to busy.

 
At March 30, 2021 at 12:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why was this date in March chosen as Viet Nam vets day? Anyone know?

 
At March 30, 2021 at 12:25 PM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

The best answer comes from DOD

https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Features/Story/Article/2545524/nation-to-observe-vietnam-war-veterans-day/

On this day in 1973, the last of the U.S. combat units withdrew from South Vietnam, which put an end to one of America's longest conflicts in this country's history. Hanoi also released the last prisoners of war that were being held in North Vietnam on March 29, 1973.

 
At March 30, 2021 at 3:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info on the date. Makes sense. And thanks for always remembering our veterans and POWs. In these times people seem to lose sight of the sacrifices so many of them have made.

 

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