Vietnam Veterans Day

| March 29, 2021

The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 was signed into law by President Trump, designating 29 March as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. The date was chosen to observe the day the last U.S. combat troops departed Vietnam, and the last of the prisoners of war were released.

The holiday is also known as “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day,” and is typically celebrated with in-person ceremonies and large gatherings such as dinners and reunions. This year the events have been curtailed due to the virus, but small observances will be held at Veterans cemeteries, VFW posts and the like.

The ill treatment of our returning veterans cannot be changed or excused, but a day to remember the sacrifices of this generation of Americans, long over due, is most welcome. For all our Veterans of that era, today is your day.

Hand salute. Ready, Two!

Thanks to our ninja for the gentle reminder.

Category: Veterans Issues, Vietnam, We Remember

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  1. KoB says:

    Welcome Home. Who’d a thunk any of us serving then woulda made it this far, from either that travesty of politics or being vaporized by a pre-emptive nuke from the Communists.

    But Hey, LBJ and his MIC got very wealthy off of sending American Boys to do what Vietnamese Boys shoulda been doing, so there is that.

    Sadly, here we are nearly 50 years after the end of that one and we still have American Boys and Girls doing what other country’s boys and girls should be doing. And the MIC and their Legions of former High Ranking Military “Leaders” are still doing quite well, Thank you very much!

    Defend our Constitution…and our Homeland.

  2. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    Forty years later, “not another Vietnam” became “hold my scotch and watch -this-!”

  3. Sapper3307 says:

    welcome home,, you earned it and then some.
    drink up, cigar smoking!

  4. Poetrooper says:

    I left Vietnam hurting in mind, body and spirit and thoroughly disappointed in our federal government.

    More than fifty years later I still am…

  5. Anonymous says:

    Is the going to be a Jane Fonda urinal target piss-for-distance contest? I’d pay good money for that.

    P.S. My closet-hippie Commandant of Cadets in ROTC (at Kent State) proudly said her trip to Hanoi was legitimate expression of dissent.

    • Poetrooper says:

      It was legitimate alright.

      A legitimate demonstration of treason…

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      I’ve yet to visit either a VFW or American Legion Post that didn’t have “Hanoi Jane” stickers in the urinals and AS TO that flower monkey ROTC Commandant, it sounds like he was indoctrinated someplace like UC Berzerkely!

      • Anonymous says:

        Yup, was at Woodstock gettin’ his freak on before getting his invite from Uncle Sam– stayed for the bennies. Hadn’t changed a bit.

        Found his retirement address and sent him a letter from A’stan with a picture of me now outranking him (with 101st Abn combat patch and jump wings– Band of Brothers, jack!– too) and gave him sh*t.

        We got harassed and called “baby killers” often (just like old times, until 9/11) at KSU. He always sided with the peacefreaks and their views even though one of our cadets killed himself. Dylan’s “Postively 4th Street” describes him well:

    • 26Limabeans says:

      Shoulda stayed there.

    • MicTre says:

      Remember ARMY 4 kent state 0

      [Edited to remove PII -Mason]

      • Anonymous says:

        Yup. They invited Jane Fonda for the 50th Anniversary, too… which got canceled by COVID-19, thankfully.

  6. OWB says:

    Well. It was a day all right.

    Maybe next year, if enough of us survive mess, we can resume normal activities. Sharing memories, laughs, and a cup of something works wonders. We need some of that ’round the ‘hood.

    To all who need it, WELCOME HOME, BROTHERS.

  7. USMC Steve says:

    When I came into the Marine Corps in January 1978, and then got out into the FMF, almost all of my SNCO’s and most of my officers Captain and above, were Vietnam veterans. I learned the warmaking art from them, and they were very good stewards of that knowledge. None of them that I knew ever felt they came out second best over there, only that they felt they should have been allowed to make WAR and go north to fix it for good.

    Several times each year, I do historical layouts of gear, weapons, etc, and teach the great unwashed about what they did over there. I have never had anyone leave before I was done speaking yet. There are those out there who want to know about what you did over there.

  8. Thunderstixx says:

    Serving at the tail end of The Vietnam War I served with a lot of men and women that served over there.
    There were still draftees in at the beginning of my tour. We had one in our mess facility at Ft Polk. He really was a short timer in all aspects of the word.
    I served in the company of heroes, a lot of heroes…..

  9. timactual says:

    “The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 was signed into law by President Trump, designating 29 March as National Vietnam War Veterans Day.”

    Am I supposed to give a shit?

    As Bob Hope used to say, “Thanks for the memories”.