National Vietnam Veterans Day Is Today
Over nine million Americans served during the period of time in our history we call The Viet Nam War, of those while some 58,000 never came home, there are approximately 6.4 million living today that had a first-hand involvement with the war.
- 304,000 Were Wounded
- 1,253 MIA (missing in action)
- 2,500 POWs (prisoners of war)
President Trump signed The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017, which officially established the day we celebrate these vets each year on March 29 with this proclamation;
To ensure the sacrifices of the 9 million heroes who served during this difficult chapter of our country’s history are remembered for generations to come, I signed into law the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017, designating March 29 of each year as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. Throughout this Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, and every March 29 thereafter, we will honor all those who answered our Nation’s call to duty.
Thank You and Welcome Home
To say these soldiers received a mixed reaction for their service at the time from their fellow citizens is an understatement. The war was different than any America had ever engaged in, much was misunderstood or made no practical sense to John Q Public.
The war ground on for years with no seeming end and the various US strategies and tactics were different than Korea, WWII or other American fighting experiences as citizen participant guerilla insurgent fighting was all new to us.
A VN Vet cousin told me once Sherman said war is Hell, he should have been in The 'Nam, it was hell times ten.
Happy Vietnam Veterans Day.