National Vietnam War Veterans Day

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National Vietnam War Veterans Day is a US holiday observed annually on March 29. It recognizes veterans who served in the US military during the Vietnam War. It should not be confused with Veterans Day.

History[edit]

The Vietnam War Memorial

On March 29, 2012, President Barack Obama proclaimed March 29, 2012, as Vietnam Veterans Day. The proclamation called "upon all Americans to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities that commemorate the 50 year anniversary of the Vietnam War."[1]

On December 26, 2016, the Vietnam Veterans Day Coalition of States Council presented a letter to President Elect Donald Trump and Congressional leadership outlining the history and timeline of cause to establish March 29 as Vietnam War Veterans Day and requesting that it be one of the first legislations passed and signed into law during the 115 Congress.[2]

On March 28, 2017, President Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017. This act officially recognizes March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. The Act also includes the day among those days on which the US flag should especially be displayed.[3]

March 29 was chosen as National Vietnam War Veterans Day because on March 29, 1973, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV) was disbanded and the last U.S. combat troops departed the Republic of Vietnam. The last unit was elements of MACV's Infantry Security Force (Special Guard), actually special couriers.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The White House (March 29, 2012). "Presidential Proclamation -- Vietnam Veterans Day". Proclamation. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
  2. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Signs S. 305 into Law". The White House. The United States Government. January 15, 2017. Retrieved March 29, 2017.
  3. ^ Wolf, Mackenzie (October 16, 2017). "President Trump signs law declaring National Vietnam War Veterans Day". Military Times. Retrieved March 11, 2018.
  • Hicks, Gary. "U.S. Honors Veterans on First Official National Vietnam War Veterans Day." Vantage Point. Veterans Affairs, 29 Mar. 2017. Web. 29 Mar. 2017.