National Vietnam Veterans Day: 5 Things To Never Forget
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How many Americans know that March 29 is National Vietnam Veterans Day? Not many.
It may be because it wasn’t declared a day of remembrance until 2012 when Barack Obama proclaimed it for “all Americans to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities…”
Then, on March 28, 2017, President Donald Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017. This act officially recognized March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
Here’s 5 things to remember as we celebrate and thank our veterans:
5. National Vietnam War Veterans Day Marks The Anniversary Of The U.S. Withdrawal
The Vietnam War was brutal and long. It officially began in November 1955 and ended April 30, 1975, for a total of 19 years, 4 weeks and 1 day. The United States pulled out of the conflict on March 29, 1973.
4. Remembering Those Who Were Lost
The war took the lives of more than 58,000 U.S. troops and wounded at least another 150,000. 60% of those who perished were 21 years old or younger.
3. Surviving Veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that there are 6.4 million living Vietnam veterans and 9 million families of those who served during 1955 – 1975
2. The Vietnam Memorial Wall
There are many ways to repay your respects to veterans, like thanking them in person and listening to their stories. But a visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. is also a powerful experience, both for civilians and veterans. The memorial consists of three parts – the wall itself, “The Three Soldiers,” and the Vietnam Women’s Memorial.
Those wishing for a memento from the wall when they visit, particularly for a family member, will put a piece of paper over a name and rub it with crayon or pencil. They can then take the name home with them.
1. These Veterans Deserve All Of Our Thanks
- To thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the Nation.
- Highlight the service of our Armed Forces and support organizations during the war
- Pay tribute to wartime contributions at home by American citizens
- Highlight technology, science and medical advances made during the war
- Recognize contributions by U.S. Allies
How do you pay your respects to our veterans?