By Jon “OC” OConnor
Commander, American Legion Post 0221
This Friday, March 29th is National Vietnam War Veterans Day – The American Legion Family of Post 221 is honored to host HAFB & AAFES partnering in this Vietnam Veterans pinning ceremony between 2-3P – all who served during the Vietnam Era (Nov 1, 1955 – May 15, 1975) are encouraged to stop by for a well-deserved recognition for their service, heroism, and valor – Welcome Home !
The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that today there are 6.4 million living Vietnam veterans and 9 million families of those who served during this time frame. We make no distinction between veterans who served in-country, in theater, or who were stationed elsewhere during the Vietnam War period. All were called to serve and none could self-determine where they would serve.
U.S. involvement in Vietnam started slowly with an initial deployment of advisors in the early 1950s, grew incrementally through the early 1960s and expanded with the deployment of full combat units in July 1965. The last U.S. personnel were evacuated from Vietnam in April 1975.
This national commemoration was authorized by Congress, established under the Secretary of Defense, and launched by the President to thank and honor our Nation’s Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice.
For more information: https://www.vietnamwar50th.com/about/about/national_vietnam_war_veterans_day/ Portions of this article were copied from the above website.