National Vietnam War Veterans Day is observed every year on March 29. It is a way to thank and honor our nation’s Vietnam era veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice. National Vietnam War Veterans Day or sometimes also called Vietnam Veterans Day is observed consistently every year to finally give thanks to the thousands of Vietnam Veterans that were never given a positive ‘welcome home’.
This military honoring holiday has 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.
There are 5 objectives with Vietnam Commemoration:
- To honor Vietnam era veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice
- 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 our Allies.
The Vietnam War was a long, costly and divisive conflict that pitted the communist government of North Vietnam against South Vietnam and its principal ally, the United States. The conflict was intensified by the ongoing Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. By nearly every metric, the Vietnam War was, in the common sense of the word, a war. The United States committed some 550,000 troops to the Vietnam front at the height of the conflict, suffered more than 58,000 casualties, and engaged in battle after battle with communist forces in the region until its eventual withdrawal in 1973. Approximately 2.7 million American men and women served in Vietnam. The Vietnam War lasted from 1964-1973—the longest war in American history until it was overtaken by the one in Afghanistan.
A Vietnam veteran is someone who served in the armed forces of participating countries during the Vietnam War. The term has been used to describe veterans who were in the armed forces of South Vietnam, the United States armed forces, and countries allied to them, whether or not they were stationed in Vietnam during their service tour of duty. Most Vietnam era veterans are now in their late 60s to mid-70s.
We salute these men and women and pay special homage to those veterans no longer with us.