Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day
On March 15, 2021, during a regular Council Meeting, the Brooksville City Council proclaimed March 29, 2021 as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.
City of Brooksville Proclaims Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day
Although not a Federal Holiday, Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day commemorates the sacrifices of Vietnam veterans and their families who served in that conflict, regardless of location.
This day is set aside and is part of a national effort to recognize the men and women who were denied a proper “Welcome Home” upon returning home to the United States due to the unpopularity of the war.
The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act, which Congress passed and President Trump signed into law in 2017, designates March 29 of each year as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. The first Vietnam Veterans Day, declared by President Richard Nixon in 1974, coincided with the one-year anniversary of the withdrawal of U.S. combat forces from Vietnam on March 29, 1973.
Over nine million Americans served in the Vietnam War and related conflicts in Southeast Asia between 1955 and 1975, and more than 58,000 never returned home, a further 1,626 remain missing in action. Even in the face of controversy and opposition at home, millions of Americans honorably answered the call to serve our country during this turbulent time.
Having occurred more than 40 years ago, the Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that we are losing more than 500 Vietnam Veterans every day. Therefore, Brooksville City Council urges all citizens to join them in this observance by welcoming home our veterans, thanking them for their service, and assisting them in every conceivable way for their sacrifice in service to this nation.
More information about National Vietnam War Veterans Day – https://pva.org/news-and-media-center/recent-news/welcome-home-vietnam-veterans-day-faq/