An act of Congress honoring Vietnam veterans with a day of recognition was signed into law by President Trump with March 29th officially being designated as National Vietnam War Veterans Day by the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017. The U.S. flag is to be flown in commemoration of those who served in Vietnam.
Due to the unpopularity of the war, veterans returning home were often met with disdain and did not receive support or gratitude for their service.
Out of the 2.7 million U.S. service members who served in Vietnam, more than 58,000 were killed and more than 304,000 were wounded. An estimate by the Smithsonian suggests that approximately 271,000 Vietnam veterans may have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
With the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 signed into law, Vietnam veterans will be commemorated annually for their service. National Vietnam War Veterans Day is a commemorative holiday in the United States which recognizes the sacrifices that veterans and their families made during the Vietnam War. It is also a day to give proper recognition to the men and women who returned home from that war and didn’t receive a proper welcome home.
It’s a holiday that’s been celebrated since 1973 on either March 29th or March 30th of each year through a patchwork of state resolutions. However, in 2017, the date of the holiday was set as March 29th by U.S President Donald Trump. This day is now officially known as National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
Everyone is invited to the special Dedication Ceremony for the Blue Star Viet Nam Veterans Monument taking place Thursday, April 5th at the Old Armory in Centre, starting at 1:00pm