On March 29, 1973 the last remaining American troops withdrew from Vietnam, and President Nixon declared “The day we have all worked and prayed for has finally come.”
In 2012, the President Obama proclaimed March 29th to be Vietnam Veterans Day. The date was forty-seven years after the fighting in LZ X-Ray and forty-eight years after Everett Alvarez Jr. became the first American pilot to be shot down and taken prisoner. The date was forty-four years after Marines fought house-to-house in the city of Hue and far too many years after service members returned home to a nation that was struggling to separate the war from the warrior.
Signed into law in 2017 by President Trjmp, National Vietnam War Veterans Day has been set aside as a day to honor the legacy of the millions who served our nation during the Vietnam war.
The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that there are 6.4 million living Vietnam veterans and 9 million families of those who served during 1955 to 1975.
Thank you for your service. We will never forget.