The U.S. Senate on March 8, 2010 declared March 30th as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.
The Vietnam War ended on March 30, 1973, all U.S. troops withdrew from Vietnam under the terms of the Treaty of Paris. Please do all you can to recognize Vietnam Veterans for their sacrifice and give a hearty
~ Welcome Home and Thank You for Your Service ~
to these soldiers who returned from war to a politically divided country, that at the time showed more ignorance than grace. Politicians get the United States into wars, not soldiers. The men and women of the Armed Forces only do their best to serve their Country and their Constitution, with Honor and Integrity.
Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)
“When most veterans of the Vietnam War returned to what we called ‘The World,’ we were not welcomed into the bosom of a grateful nation,” said John Rowan, National President of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA).
“For far too long, we were blamed for the failings of a war that was waged under four different administrations. We were all too often considered losers, baby-killers, and pariahs of a war that divided the nation and reverberates till this day,” Rowan said. “While many in our nation have come to embrace those who served in that war, and while there are memorials to those who served and those who paid the ultimate price, there has never been a nationally recognized day for a belated ‘Welcome Home’ to all those who served.
“This is why VVA endorses the resolution introduced in the Senate by Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), Ranking Member on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, which would establish March 30th as “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.” March 30th marks the anniversary date of the completion in 1973 of the withdrawal of U.S. combat units and combat support units from the former South Vietnam.
Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation’s only congressionally chartered Veterans service organization dedicated to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families. VVA’s founding principle is “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.” http://www.vva.org/PressReleases/2010/pr10-004.html
Upon unanimous approval by the Senate, Senator Richard Burr issued this statement in 2010:
“I’m pleased that the Senate has agreed to set aside a day to give our Vietnam veterans a warm, long-overdue welcome home. I strongly encourage communities throughout North Carolina and across the country to observe this day with activities and events that honor these veterans for their service. It’s time they receive the recognition they have earned and deserve. This day also provides our nation with an important teaching moment. Never again should our men and women serving in the armed forces receive the same treatment as those returning from Vietnam,” said Senator Richard Burr.
“There’s no question that our troops served our country bravely and faithfully during the Vietnam War, and these veterans deserve our recognition and gratitude,” Burr said. “Tragically, when these service members returned home, they were caught in the crossfire of public debate about our nation’s involvement in the Vietnam War. As a result, these brave men and women never received the welcome home and gratitude they fully deserved.”
The United States became involved in Vietnam because policy-makers believed that if South Vietnam fell to a communist government, communism would spread throughout the rest of Southeast Asia. The US Armed Forces began serving in an advisory role to the South Vietnamese in 1961, and in 1965, ground combat troops were sent into Vietnam. After many years of combat, all US troops were withdrawn from Vietnam on March 30, 1973, under the terms of the Treaty of Paris. Therefore, March 30, 2010, is an appropriate day to establish “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.”
More than 58,000 members of the United States Armed Forces lost their lives and more than 300,000 were wounded in Vietnam.
WELCOME HOME VIETNAM VETERANS
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE
YOU HAVE MY GRATITUDE
FOR A WAR FOUGHT HORNORABLY