Vietnam Vets Have Their Day

The United States government will now have a new day of observance: National Vietnam War Veterans Day

On Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, President Donald J. Trump signed into effect a bill that makes March 29th “National Vietnam War Veterans Day”, a federal holiday.

The holiday was made official through the “Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017,” and encourages Americans to display the U.S. flag in honor of Vietnam veterans.

Similarly, a non-federal holiday was passed by a proclamation and federal decree in 2012 by President Barack Obama as part of 13-year remembrance celebration that will run until  Veterans Day 2025.

President Trump celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War with veterans and met with them in Vietnam last November. It was at that meeting that the president pledged to continue to support efforts by the Pentagon’s POW/MIA Agency. The group works to recover the remains of U.S. troops missing in combat.

“We will not rest until all of the 1,253 missing veterans are returned home,” he said. “Our veterans are a national treasure, and I thank them all for their service, sacrifice and patriotism.” Trump says.

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Visitors look for the names of loved ones at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kerry Randolph).
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