WASHINGTON, DC (WEHT) — In March 2017, President Trump, signed into law the designation of celebrating every March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
The U.S. Vietnam War Commemoration honors all United States veterans who served on active duty in the Armed Forces from November 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975.
The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that there are 6.4 million living Vietnam veterans and 9 million families of those who served during 1955 – 1975.
This national commemoration was authorized by Congress, established under the Secretary of Defense, and launched by the President to thank and honor our Nation’s Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice.
Congress outlined a total of five objectives for this Vietnam War Commemoration:
- To thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the Nation.
- Highlight the service of our Armed Forces and support organizations during the war
- Pay tribute to wartime contributions at home by American citizens
- Highlight technology, science and medical advances made during the war
- Recognize contributions by U.S. Allies
- By Presidential Proclamation, The Vietnam War Commemoration will continue through Veterans Day, November 11, 2025.
There are six other military-centric national observances:
- Armed Forces Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day
- Navy Day
- Veterans Day
For more information on National Vietnam War Veterans Day, click here.
(This story was originally published on March 29, 2019)