On behalf of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Veterans we are deeply honored to serve, I want to say thank you to our country’s more than six-and-a-half million living Vietnam Veterans and their families.
Two years ago, President Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act into law. That Act designates every March 29th as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. It was March 29th, 1973, when the last of our combat troops left Vietnam.
It was on that day that the last American prisoners of war held in North Vietnam came home.
Vietnam War Veterans Day is part of our nation’s ongoing commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
In support, VA and more than 10,000 local, state, and national organizations join the Department of Defense as Commemorative Partners.
We honor the nine million American men and women who served on active duty from November 1st, 1955, to May 7th, 1975. We solemnly remember more than 58,000 whose names are etched into the Vietnam Memorial’s polished black granite—constant reminders of the price of freedom.
Take advantage of the opportunities this commemoration encourages and show your gratitude to this noble generation of American service members.
Say, Thank you.
And welcome them home.
May God bless all of you, your families, and this great Nation.