On March 29, our Nation will commemorate National Vietnam War Veterans Day on its 50th anniversary. This is an opportunity for VA employees and all Americans to recognize and thank our Vietnam Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice during one of America’s longest wars.
All of us at VA encourage everyone to remember and respect the nine million American men and women – more than six million of whom are living today – who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during our involvement in Vietnam from November 1, 1955 to May 7, 1975. Whether they were stationed in-country, in-theater or elsewhere during those two decades, they answered the country’s call to service.
This year, VA will again join more than 11,000 organizations across the country as a commemorative partner supporting the Department of Defense in this Vietnam War Commemoration. The program was launched in 2012 by then-President Barack Obama, and the commemoration and recognition activities will continue until 2025.
Because of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic, we must safely avoid large in-person events, but I invite all to find safe opportunities to plan or participate in small community sponsored activities from March 25 – March 29. Outside of these dates, we should remember that we can always thank and welcome home Vietnam Veterans any time of the year.
Please remember and help us reach out to Vietnam Veterans who may be living in remote locations, those who are physically unable to attend commemorative events, and those in assisted living, geriatric, rehabilitative or palliative care facilities. We encourage every American to show their deep gratitude to this generation of warriors and their families. Vietnam Veterans living in these conditions may especially appreciate your care and concern.
I also encourage everyone to visit the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War website to learn how you – as an individual, as a member of an organization, or an employee at a facility – can be a commemorative partner and participate in this year’s important tribute. Official commemorative partnerships offer opportunities to request lapel pins and other recognition items to present to Vietnam Veterans.