By Pamela Ann Lyle

President Donald J. Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 making March 29th a National Holiday.

“To ensure the sacrifices of the 9 million heroes who served during this difficult chapter of our country’s history are remembered for generations to come, I sign into law the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017, designating March 29 of each year as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. Throughout this Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, and every March 29 thereafter, we will honor all those who answered our Nation’s call to duty. We vow to never again confuse personal disapproval of war with prejudice again those who honorably wear the uniform of our Armed Forces. With conviction, our Nation pledges our enduring respect, our continuing care, and our everlasting commitment to all Vietnam veterans.”

Please join the members of the James Stewart Chapter, NSDAR, in thanking our Vietnam veterans on this day and all of those to come, for their service to our country.

It is never too late to say, “Thank you for your service” and “Welcome Home” to our veterans.

Plan a visit to one of the county’s veteran’s park and pay your respects to these men and women.

On this day, let us also remember the families and loved ones that stayed behind and prayed for them.

The Vietnam War Commemoration honors US Armed Forces personnel with active service from November 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975, regardless of location of service which includes:

  • Nine million Americans serving during that time
  • 7 million Americans living today
  • 2.7 million U.S service members who served in Vietnam
  • 58,000 whose names are memorialized on a black granite wall in our Nation’s capital
  • 304,000 who were wounded
  • 1,253 Missing In Action (MIA) heroes who have not yet returned to American soil
  • 2,500 Prisoners of War (POWs)

One of the largest patriotic women’s organizations in the world, the NSDAR has more than 185,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters across the country and in several foreign countries.

The NSDAR strives to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism with commemorative events, service to veterans, community service, and much more. For additional information about DAR please visit www.dar.org.