National Vietnam War Veterans Day observed on March 29

March 09, 2020

National Vietnam War Veterans Day is observed every year on March 29 and is a way to thank and honor our nation’s Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice. National Vietnam War Veterans Day will be observed on Sunday, March 29, 2020.
National Vietnam War Veterans Day (March 29) honors the men and women who served in the military during the longest conflict to date in United States history (November 1955 to April 1975). March 29 was designated to commemorate the day in 1973 when U.S. units withdrew from South Vietnam.
Spanning nearly two decades and involving five U.S presidents and 500,000 military personnel, the war resulted in nearly 60,000 American deaths. Because it was a largely unpopular war, returning service members, many of whom were drafted, were often not well received when they came home, and that treatment was often extended to other service members, regardless of where they had served during the Vietnam era.

U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) introduced legislation in 2017 to honor Vietnam Veterans with a day on the anniversary of the withdrawal of military units from South Vietnam. President Donald Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Day Act on March 28, 2017, calling for U.S. flags to be flown on March 29 for those who had served.

Provided by Lovelady Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution