Remembrance and Recognition: Honoring Vietnam Veterans

Etched in marble, the names of Southern Ute Vietnam Veterans are memorialized at the Southern Ute Veterans Memorial Park, Ignacio, Colo.
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum

Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. Vietnam Veterans Day commemorates the sacrifices of Vietnam veterans and their families and is part of a national effort to recognize the men and women who were denied a proper welcome upon returning home more than 40 years ago.

The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act, signed into law in 2017, designates March 29 of each year as National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

Most states celebrate “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day” on March 29 or 30 of each year. Though there is some debate, March 29 is generally viewed as a more appropriate date. On that day in 1973, the last combat troops were withdrawn from Vietnam and the last prisoners of war held in North Vietnam arrived on American soil. It is also the date President Nixon chose for the first Vietnam Veterans Day in 1974.

The chart below contains enacted legislation and adopted resolutions from 47 states and Puerto Rico to recognize a Vietnam Veterans Day either annually or for a specific year.

A list of Governor proclamations can be found here: https://www.vietnamwar50th.com/about/proclamations_2/

In the State of Colorado: Bill Number: 2010 SJR 48, Adopted – Concerns recognition of military personnel from Colorado who served in the Vietnam War and honoring those who were injured or who died while serving their country.

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