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National Vietnam War Veterans Day holds a significant place in American history. Here’s a brief overview of its origins and importance:

By Ray Boughner Veterans Service Officer

Presidential Proclamation: In 2012, President Barack Obama signed a presidential proclamation designating March 29 as the annual observance of Vietnam War Veterans Day. This date marked the 50th anniversary of the departure of the last American troops from Vietnam on March 29, 1973. At that time, only U.S. embassy personnel and support staff remained in South Vietnam until the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975.

A Story of Service and Sacrifice: The Vietnam War is a tale of service members from diverse backgrounds, colors, and creeds who came together to fulfill a daunting mission. It represents Americans from every corner of the nation who left the warmth of their families to serve the country they loved. These patriots faced the line of fire, saved friends, and fought relentlessly to preserve the cherished liberties we hold dear.

Honoring Veterans: More than 58,000 Americans lost their lives during the Vietnam War, and many thousands more were wounded, injured, or declared missing. Tragically, some of these brave men and women returned home to be shunned or neglected, facing treatment unworthy of their courage. As a nation, we must ensure that such mistreatment never happens again.

The Starting Point: Although U.S. military advisors had been in South Vietnam since 1955, the war’s official starting point is considered January 12, 1962. On that day, America’s first combat mission, Operation Chopper, was launched. U.S. Army pilots airlifted over 1,000 South Vietnamese soldiers to capture a National Liberation Front stronghold about 12 miles west of Saigon. The NLF, also known as the Viet Cong, were communist fighters operating in South Vietnam.

Official Recognition: On March 28, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017, officially naming March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. This bill amended the U.S. flag code to include this day as one when the flag should be flown.

Remembering and honoring the sacrifices of Vietnam veterans is essential, and this day serves as a reminder of their courage and dedication. 🇺🇸🙏


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