Vietnam War Veterans Day

National Vietnam War Veterans Day is an important flag-flying holiday. We use this day to honor and recognize the service and sacrifices of the men and women who served in the Vietnam War. It is observed annually on March 29th in the United States. On this day Americans across the country will fly their American flags to pay respect to these brave heroes. 

The History Of The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War was a long and costly conflict that lasted from the 1950s to the 1970s. It involved the United States, South Vietnam, and North Vietnam, as well as other countries in Southeast Asia. The war was fought to prevent the spread of communism in Vietnam and to try to reunify the country, which had been divided into two regions after the fall of the French colonial government in 1954.

Over 2.7 million Americans served in the Vietnam War, and over 58,000 lost their lives. Many of these veterans returned home to a country that was deeply divided over the war and often met with hostility and disrespect. For years, these veterans were not given the recognition and respect they deserved for their service.

The Creation of Vietnam War Veterans Day

In 2012, President Barak Obama signed a presidential proclamation designating March 29th as Vietnam War Veterans Day. This day was chosen to honor the service of Vietnam veterans because it was the day that the last American combat troops left Vietnam in 1973, though some US Embassy personnel and staff remained in South Vietnam until 1975.

This date was later solidified by President Donald J. Trump when he signed into law the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act. National Vietnam War Veterans Day was added as a day on which the American flag should be flown according to the US Flag Code through an amendment made by this bill.

A Day of Remembrance

Vietnam War Veterans Day is a time to pay tribute to the brave men and women who served in Vietnam and to remember the sacrifices they made for their country. It is also a time to reflect on the lessons learned from the Vietnam War and to honor the veterans of all wars, past and present.

On this day, we remember the soldiers who fought and died in Vietnam, as well as those who returned home and continue to carry the physical and emotional scars of war. We also remember the families of these veterans and the sacrifices they made while their loved ones were away.

Vietnam War Veterans Day is a time to say thank you to all Vietnam veterans for their service and to honor their sacrifices. It is a day to remember the past and to pay respect to those who have served their country with bravery and dignity. So, let us all take a moment to remember and honor the sacrifices of Vietnam veterans on this day and fly our American flag proudly.

Feb 24, 2023 Alexis C.

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