National Vietnam War Veterans Day


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The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act designates March 29 of each year as National Vietnam War Veterans Day, an opportunity for all Americans to recognize, honor, and thank our Vietnam Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice during one of the longest wars in our country’s history.

VA medical facilities across the country are marking the day with these ceremonies and community events:

The Roseburg VA Health Care System in collaboration with the National Cemetery is holding a ceremony at their National Cemetery with full color guard and wreath laying.

VA Central California Health Care System will hold a ceremony to honor our Vietnam Veterans on March 29 at 10 a.m. at the main entrance of the VA hospital in Fresno, Calif.

VA San Diego Healthcare System will participate in a Vietnam War Commemorative event on March 29, 2018 from 9 am – 12 pm at the San Diego Regional Office.

To honor our Vietnam Era Veterans, Northern Arizona VA Health Care System (NAVAHCS) is having a Recognition Ceremony on March 29 at 10 a.m. at the main hospital in Prescott, AZ.  Vietnam Era Veterans make-up 2/3 of the registered Veterans at NAVAHCS. Throughout the year our staff present Vietnam Era Veterans with their 50th Anniversary Commemoration Pin and on March 29, spouses will also receive the Certificate of Honor from the Leadership.

At the March 22 Veterans Town Hall/Community Meeting at the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center, Vietnam Veterans received special recognition. Veterans Canteen Service provided a cake with the 50th anniversary seal.

VA Northern Indiana is having a Vietnam War commemoration event at the Marion, Ind., campus chapel, followed by a wreath laying at the Marion National Cemetery.

March 30 – Vietnam Veteran Commemoration Event at the VA Central Iowa Health Care System Main Campus in Des Moines, Iowa. VA is co-hosting the event with the Des Moines Regional Office. Dan Gannon, Vietnam Veteran and Chair of the Iowa Commission of Veterans Affairs, will speak.

On March 29, the Battle Creek VA Medical Center is celebrating Vietnam War Veterans Day with a short ceremony featuring Medal of Honor Recipient James McCloughan as the guest speaker. Staff will be on hand from Veterans Benefits Administration, National Cemetery Administration and the Medical Center to provide information and answer questions.

White River Junction VAMC will be hosting a cake cutting and pin ceremony in the lobby of Building One.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall

Washington DC, USA – June 18, 2016: The Memorial Wall of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC at dawn.

The G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center hosted “Operation Grateful Nation,” on March 24.  Fifty Vietnam Veterans were transported to Tupelo, Mississippi, to visit the permanent replica of the Vietnam Wall. The Patriot Guard Riders and local law enforcement provided escort as the Veterans passed through the different communities.  Vietnam Veterans in the Tupelo area also attended. Snacks and lunches were provided by various chapters of the American Legion Auxiliary.

VA New York Harbor Healthcare System invited all Vietnam Era Veterans to attend an event on March 29 at the Queens Vet Center, Queens, NY, as part of the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration. A video will be shown and lapel pins that honor Vietnam Veterans for their service to our nation will be distributed and we will thank them for their service and say Welcome Home.

Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day, Saturday April 7 @ 9 a.m., Chapel Amphitheatre at the Lake Nona Medical Center, Orlando. FL. Over 100 honorees are expected to attend including former flag officers, elected officials, VSO dignitaries and VAMC staff.

Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital will hold a ceremony Thursday, March 29, recognizing Vietnam Veterans and their service as part of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. John Clark, a former Air Force pilot and POW, will speak about his experiences.

Jesse Brown Veterans Health Care System, VBA Chicago Regional Office and the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery will hold an event March 29 at 11 a.m. at the Jesse Brown VA Main Campus to recognize and thank Vietnam Veterans for their service and sacrifices. The guest speaker will be Mr. Cliff Kelley: Vietnam Veteran, Attorney, Host of the Cliff Kelley Show and America’s Heroes Group Radio Talk Show.

In the Granite State, New Hampshire, Brigadier General Shawn O’Brien, currently the Director of the Joint Staff, and the incoming Assistant Adjutant General-Army, will present the Medical Center with the Governor’s Proclamation. Vietnam Veterans in attendance will be pinned on behalf of a grateful nation, and there will be a special POW/MIA table set with a reading.

St. Cloud VA HCS is installing the first two photo collages featuring individual Vietnam Veterans onto the permanent 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration exhibit. The collage photos show individual Veterans during the period of their service, and the display is a way to thank and honor area military Veterans who served during the Vietnam era.

The 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War is being recognized nationwide from May 28, 2012, through November 11, 2025 as part of The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. In partnership with Veterans Service Organizations, the Marion VA Medical Center will host a Vietnam 50th Commemoration Event on Friday, March 30, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Robley Rex VAMC (Louisville, KY) hosted a Vietnam War Veteran Recognition in conjunction with a Veteran Town Hall on March 20, 2018.  Vietnam Veterans received a pin and certificate and a Vietnam Veteran was the guest speaker.

The commemoration recognizes all men and women who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during the United States’ involvement in Vietnam—November 1, 1955 – May 7, 1975.  Nine million Americans, approximately 7.2 million living today, served during that period.

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This is a partial list. Additional blogs will follow.

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Hans Petersen

Hans Petersen is senior writer-editor for Digital Media, VHA Office of Communications. An Air Force Veteran, Hans also served two years in the Peace Corps and worked for 20 years in broadcasting before joining VA.

Comments

  1. Kenneth R Shaw    

    I spent 38 months in the Army, from January 1959 thru April 1962,with 24 of them in Germany during the Vietnam War. The balance was served at Fort Lewis, Washington. I went in with the plan to join the Vietnam War effort but
    was sent to Germany. I would like to know where there is a ceremony in the Wilmington, Delaware area and also I would like to get a Vietnam Area lapel pin.

    Best Regards,
    Kenneth R Shaw

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