Why is Vietnam Veterans Day not recognized?

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Mar. 30, 2018 12:01 am

March 29 is Vietnam Veterans Day. Why is it not recognized? I, myself a Vietnam veteran, didn't even know until three years ago when I was in a VA treatment center in Des Moines, Iowa, and they made us a big decorated cake, recognizing us on this day.

A law signed last year officially made March 29 National Vietnam Veterans Day to commemorate Vietnam veterans and the sacrifices they made. The date was first selected by President Richard Nixon.

March 29, 1973, is when the last combat troops were withdrawn from Vietnam and the last prisoners of war in North Vietnam were returned.

The National Conference of State Legislators says many states celebrate "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" on March 29 or 30.

We're not finding any local plans to commemorate it.

At the Illinois Veterans Home, staff plans a Memorial Day and Veterans Day program each year for veterans of all wars and military branches.

Rick Gengenbacher, marketing director at the home, said if groups wants to put on another program or event, staff will assist to accommodate them, such as commemorating the Korean War cease-fire.

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