Nam Vets Get Their Day

It’s a good thing I fly Our Flag everyday, ’cause I didn’t even know about this until 4 hours before the Official Day was over. But I’ll take this good news ANYTIME !

 

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
March 28, 2017

President Donald J. Trump Signs S. 305 into Law

On Tuesday, March 28, 2017, the President signed into law:

S. 305, the “Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017,” which encourages the display of the U.S. flag on March 29, National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

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WASHINGTON — The United States now officially, permanently, has a day to recognize the sacrifices of those who fought during the Vietnam war: National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

On Tuesday, President Trump signed into law the bipartisan Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 to “encourage the display of the flag of the United States” today.

The bill’s sponsors, Sens. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), designated today as the day of recognition as the last combat troops were ordered out of Vietnam on March 29, 1973.

The bill passed by voice vote in the House and with unanimous consent in the Senate.

“With this bipartisan bill signed into law, we can finally give our Vietnam veterans the additional recognition they deserve,” Donnelly said. “These Americans sacrificed to protect our country – they are our family, friends, and neighbors, and it is important to honor and remember their patriotism, service, and sacrifice.”

In a statement with Donnelly, Toomey noted that “in many cases, Vietnam veterans did not receive the warm welcome they earned when they came home.”

“Thankfully, in the years following the Vietnam War, people and organizations across the country took it upon themselves to right this wrong by honoring the sacrifice and dedication to service our Vietnam veterans displayed,” he said. “Permanently designating March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day is a small, yet significant step, in these efforts.”

Previously, the day had been recognized by presidential proclamations from the 1970s through the last administration.

In 1974, President Nixon recognized today as Vietnam Veterans Day “to remember that the honorable peace America achieved came through great sacrifice.”

“Those who served, those who gave their lives, those who were disabled, and those who are still missing in Southeast Asia–and whose full accounting we shall continue to seek–deserve the profound gratitude of their countrymen,” Nixon added.

Earlier this month, the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association decided to accept Arlington National Cemetery’s proposal for a monument honoring nearly 5,000 helicopter pilots and crew members killed in action, a request that was originally denied by the Army secretary in 2015.

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16 Responses to Nam Vets Get Their Day

  1. vonMesser says:

    Jeez – we finally got recognized. This, plus $2.95. will get us a cup of coffee in Denny’s.

  2. April 30th is the day I’ll remember most. 1975. Seeing our helicopters pulling people off the embassy roof was one of the saddest days of my life.
    All that sacrifice for nothing. NOTHING !
    And the Vietnamese friends I made. What became of them?
    My high school classmates who didn’t make it back. Jim Lyons, Richard Mangrum, Tim Vogel, Richard Griggs, and Ken Dillon. Ken came back paralyzed from the neck down. Lived until 1989 or so, staring at the ceiling. My first job after becoming a civilian was digging a foundation for a handicapped bathroom addition on his house.
    Griggs was lost when his helicopter went in the drink off Korea. Never found.
    ~I feel like a designated survivor.~

    We vets aren’t looking for any recognition. Didn’t get any then, so it’s a bit late now.
    Just be more careful what you leaders get us involved in and don’t send any of our men to do something YOU wouldn’t do yourself (or send your own kids to do.)
    And for God’s sake, take better care of our wounded.

    My hat is off to all servicemen of today.

    • Saltwater says:

      Participation in Operation Frequent Wind (evacuation of Saigon) was the absolute low point of my Naval service. Until then, I paid little heed to ridicule, vitriol, or even physical assaults by so-called “peace” activists and protestors.

      As Task Force 77 turned East to leave the South China Sea on May 1, 1975, I felt something I would have never before considered while wearing the uniform – shame.

      The anger and resentment over my country’s failure, more like refusal, to honor its promise to the Vietnamese people only festered as millions of “boat people” risked all to flee the oppressive communist regime now in control. That internal rage finally manifested as troops returned from Desert Storm, when lilly-livered politicians tried to expand their welcome home to Vietnam veterans.

      F*** YOU, YOUR HORSE, AND ALL YOUR EVIL SPAWN! This was their time! Do not besmirch it by trying to assuage your guilt over the way you treated us when we came back!

      I guess it is nice to finally have some type of formal recognition for those who served during those times, but as you said, “… it’s a bit late now.”

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  4. Even as a youngster, I was appalled at how service members were treated on their arrival home. I thought it was total disgrace; and it was.

    I salute every service member, those living and those gone home, for their unbridled sacrifice. Semper Fi and Ooraah!

  5. BrianR says:

    Like you, Terry, I didn’t even know about this until the day was almost over. I was kinda stumped about what to think.

    I didn’t hear a thing from any of my family, so evidently they knew nothing about it, either.

    In a way, the “stealth” aspect of this is ironic, because it seems to be one more reflection of how we were treated back then: ignored and kept pretty much out of sight.

    • Terry says:

      Exactly Brian. I read the article, then I had to go to the WH site to make sure. It was surely low-key, and likely to never happen at all w/o Trump as POTUS.

  6. Popular Front says:

    God bless you all, your sacrifices are not forgotten by those that know.
    A three-tour Allie salutes you.