Recognizing National Vietnam War Veterans Day 

Southern Ute Veteran Rod Grove gives a brief history of the Vietnam memorial in the Southern Ute Veterans Memorial Park on Tribal campus, emphasizing the impact that the Vietnam War has had on many returned veterans — many who lost their lives at home due to the effects of Agent Orange, PTSD, alcoholism and drug abuse.
Southern Ute Vietnam Veteran and former association commander, Howard Richards Sr. gave opening remarks to attendees honoring Vietnam veterans in 2017.
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum

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 On that day in 1973, the last combat troops were withdrawn from Vietnam and the last prisoners of war held in North Vietnam arrived on American soil. 

On March 28, 2017, the President signed into law: S. 305, the “Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017,” which encourages the display of the U.S. flag on March 29, National Vietnam War Veterans Day. 

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