Spotlight: Vietnam Veterans Day
On this day of national recognition for Vietnam Veterans we remember the service and sacrifice made by the nearly three million veterans serving in-country and another six million serving elsewhere during this war. For all who served in Vietnam, this day means “welcome home and thank you.” -- KDVA Commissioner Benjamin Adams
Today is Vietnam Veterans Day in Kentucky and throughout the nation. Remember their sacrifices. Recognize and honor them at home, at work, and in your communities.
Thomson-Hood Veterans Center held a Vietnam Veterans Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday. WLEX-TV in Lexington covered it:
As Governor Matt Bevin wrote in his Proclamation:
WHEREAS, The commitment of this nation to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War was initiated by President Obama on Memorial Day 2012 and will continue through Veterans Day, 2025; and
WHEREAS, On March 28, 2017, President Trump signed the Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day Act in order to set aside every March 29th as a day to commemorate the sacrifices of Vietnam veterans and their families; and
WHEREAS, March 29th is a significant day in the history of the Vietnam conflict, when the last combat troops were withdrawn from Vietnam and the last prisoners of war held in North Vietnam arrived on American soil; and
WHEREAS, The Department of Veteran’s Affairs estimates that today there are seven million living Vietnam veterans with approximately 105,760 Vietnam Veterans living in Kentucky; and
WHEREAS, Vietnam Veterans Day is part of a national effort to recognize the men and women who were denied proper welcome upon returning home nearly 50 years ago;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, MATTHEW G. BEVIN, Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, do hereby proclaim March 29, 2018 as
VIETNAM VETERAN’S DAY
in Kentucky, and encourage all Kentuckians to use this day to demonstrate their appreciation to these Veterans for their dedicated service.