Only 4 years old, the Vietnam Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 makes March 29th a national flag day and a day to recognize the veterans of the Vietnam War. Begun by a presidential proclamation by President Barak Obama in 2012, Congress officially passed the VVR Act on March 28th, 2017 and it was signed into law by President Donald Trump on the same day.
For me, this is a special day for a couple of reasons. My father, who passed away last April, was a career officer in the U.S. Army. He served in Vietnam, as did Larry Callahan the VMM President/CEO and James Walters, VMM Vice-President. It's important to me that there is recognition of their service, mainly because, as history has proven, this was a very controversial and unpopular war. It has taken almost 50 years for the American public to openly embrace and support those who served in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.
On March 29th, 2021, the VMM will be hosting a "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans" ceremony, sponsored by Heart of Hospice Health Care. I invite everyone, if you haven't done so, take this opportunity to embrace Vietnam veterans with the love and respect they deserve and tell them "Welcome Home" and thank you for your service.
THEY DERSERVE IT!
HOST & AUTHOR
Jeff Weber is the PR/Media Director of the VMM. He is a retired history teacher and the son of a career U.S. Army officer/ Vietnam War veteran and has served as a VMM volunteer for over 5 years.