National Vietnam War Veterans Day

Vallejo, CA

March 29 is National Vietnam War Veterans Day. It joins six other military-centric national holidays codified in Title 4 of the United States Code §6 i.e., Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, Navy Day and Veterans Day. It was chosen to be celebrated in perpetuity as March 29, 1973, was the day the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam was deactivated.
The USA Vietnam War Commemoration honors all United States veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces from Nov. 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location.
Nov. 1, 1955, was selected to coincide with the official designation of Military Assistance Advisory Group-Vietnam while May 15, 1975, marks the end of the battle precipitated by the seizure of SS Mayaguez.
On May 25, 2012, then-President Barack Obama proclaimed the period from May 28, 2012, to Nov. 11, 2025, as the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.
On March 28, 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017, designating every March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that today there are 6.4 million living Vietnam veterans and 9 million families of those who served during this timeframe. There is no difference between veterans who served in-country, in-theater or who were stationed elsewhere during the Vietnam War period, because all were called to serve and none could self-determine where they would serve.
If your post is commemorating National Vietnam War Veterans Day, you might consider going to your local city council and ask them to adopt a proclamation or resolution like we used in Vallejo, Calif.

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