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Vietnam Veteran's Day

Welcome home, brothers and sisters... and Dad.

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION

VIETNAM VETERANS DAY
 
 
On January 12, 1962, United States Army pilots lifted more than 1,000 South Vietnamese service members over jungle and underbrush to capture a National Liberation Front stronghold near Saigon. Operation Chopper marked America's first combat mission against the Viet Cong, and the beginning of one of our longest and most challenging wars. Through more than a decade of conflict that tested the fabric of our Nation, the service of our men and women in uniform stood true. Fifty years after that fateful mission, we honor the more than 3 million Americans who served, we pay tribute to those we have laid to rest, and we reaffirm our dedication to showing a generation of veterans the respect and support of a grateful Nation.

The Vietnam War is a story of service members of different backgrounds, colors, and creeds who came together to complete a daunting mission. It is a story of Americans from every corner of our Nation who left the warmth of family to serve the country they loved. It is a story of patriots who braved the line of fire, who cast themselves into harm's way to save a friend, who fought hour after hour, day after day to preserve the liberties we hold dear. From Ia Drang to Hue, they won every major battle of the war and upheld the highest traditions of our Armed Forces.

Eleven years of combat left their imprint on a generation. Thousands returned home bearing shrapnel and scars; still more were burdened by the invisible wounds of post-traumatic stress, of Agent Orange, of memories that would never fade. More than 58,000 laid down their lives in service to our Nation. Now and forever, their names are etched into two faces of black granite, a lasting memorial to those who bore conflict's greatest cost.

Our veterans answered our country's call and served with honor, and on March 29, 1973, the last of our troops left Vietnam. Yet, in one of the war's most profound tragedies, many of these men and women came home to be shunned or neglected -- to face treatment unbefitting their courage and a welcome unworthy of their example. We must never let this happen again. Today, we reaffirm one of our most fundamental obligations: to show all who have worn the uniform of the United States the respect and dignity they deserve, and to honor their sacrifice by serving them as well as they served us. Half a century after those helicopters swept off the ground and into the annals of history, we pay tribute to the fallen, the missing, the wounded, the millions who served, and the millions more who awaited their return. Our Nation stands stronger for their service, and on Vietnam Veterans Day, we honor their proud legacy with our deepest gratitude.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 29, 2012, as Vietnam Veterans Day. I call upon all Americans to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities that commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the Vietnam War.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
twenty-ninth day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

BARACK OBAMA
 

20 Comments

'Bout time.  To all my brothers and sisters who paved the way for military of my generation, I salute you.  I honor you.  I thank you.
 
Like everything else this person does, ignore what he says (or any proclamations he may sign).  Look at what he actually does.

He does not give a bit of excrement for our veterans, and only signs stuff like this to win votes and fool people again. 

I wonder what he told his Pentagon bombinb buddy Bill Ayers about his true thoughts about our Vietnam veterans.

I don't know why he hates our country, but I am sure he does.

But, for our VIetnam veterans, I salute you and bid you "Welcome home!" 



 
Needed to be done.
Regardless of his motive.

Welcome home brothers and sisters.
 
it took so long...it doesn't mean fecal matter...and this one is blatantly political.

But to my friends and co-workers from that era....great job...we paid a hell of a price.
 
John (NTA): I agree. Been a bit hesitant to spread it around in fact, but better late than never?


 
 1idvet, Sir, Well stated!

Why did it take so long? I believe the reasons, from both sides, are "blatantly political."
 
What needed to be done ... wasn't done. This didn't need to be done. Veteran's Day is 11 November and always will be. This is divide and conquer.
 
 I had to check to make sure it wasn't April 1.
 
Actually, this is mockery. Putting it on 29 Mar instead of 12 Jan is just rubbing it in.
 
 Veteran's Day should be 24/7/52.
 
I'm going to hold my tonge out of fear of being ejected from all of cyberspace.  I'll just say I refuse except this. 
Did this even make the news.  Never hear a thing about it yesterday?
 
 Read a facebook posting about the "Welcome Home" a few days ago. Wondered why now. March 29 seemed an odd choice of dates. I, too, think it's some type of political move on the part of the White House and has absolutely no sincerity attached to it. (Do the people who work there all think that we're stupid?) Anyway. . . here's what I wrote in my blog yesterday:
http://jmawelsh.blogspot.com/2012/03/29-mar-12.html
 
Sigh.  Congress has been trying to establish this as an official day (not a holiday, just a "day) for at least two years.  Many states and municipalities already do it.

The date was chosen as it is the the "official" day, in 1973, that the last US ground troops departed Vietnam.

It really isn't a conspiracy.


 
They acted together to achieve a goal. That even now it took them two years says something, too.

Sometimes adding insult to injury just doesn't satisfy the desire for an apology.
 
Perhaps most overlooked is the most important aspect of if - the Federal response is because community organizations, then towns and cities, and finally states all started doing it.

It's bottom up.

What's not to like?

Wear it like a badge of honor.  We, the people, shamed them into doing it.

Vice getting all pissy about it when it finally happens.

That's my take.  Mileage *clearly* differs.
 
I went to the celebration here in Huntsville, AL yesterday.  Whatever the reasons behind setting the day aside to honor Vietnam vets, it was great to be with my friends and brothers again.  Being the uppity broad that I am, when they called up a man to represent each of the five services there I invited myself up to the front to remind everyone that women served too.  My picture ended up on the front page of the Huntsville Times today.
 
Good on ya, Carol!
 
Guess I shoulda done more homework as to the timing of the date.
Mea Culpa.

-Snuf
 
Well done, Carol.

That it's bottom up is great. I think the feds should choose to wear their shame in perpetuity, rather than being allowed to stand up fifty years (or more) too late.
 
 That was the "official date" given for the start and end but the truth is left out of news reports today.

1961

President John F. Kennedy orders more help for the South Vietnamese government in its war against the Vietcong guerrillas. U.S. backing includes new equipment and more than 3,000 military advisors and support personnel.

April 30, 1975

At 4:03 a.m., two U.S. Marines are killed in a rocket attack at Saigon's Tan Son Nhut airport. They are the last Americans to die in the Vietnam War.

But not really the last to die.
May 15, 1975

U.S.: 41 total dead and missing. 18 Marines and Airmen killed in action/missing in action. 23 Marines killed in a helicopter crash during the operation. 50 wounded.

http://www.historyguy.com/mayaguez_incident.html
http://www.pbs.org/battlefieldvietnam/timeline/index.html

I thank God for Vietnam Veterans everyday.  They never gave up on the rest of us.  They pushed to have PTSD treated and we have come a long way since then because of them.  Psychology, crisis responders and mental health clinics came because of them along with Veterans' Centers.  No matter how badly they were treated, they trusted we'd do better someday and because of them, the troops of these new wars are treated the way they are.