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Vietnam War Veterans Day Celebrations Across the Nation

Vietnam War Veterans Day

Vietnam War Veterans Day Celebrations Across the Nation

UPDATE: With the ongoing cancellations of events nationwide due to the coronavirus, please make sure to check local schedules for the following events.

March 29th is National Vietnam War Veterans Day. This was made official in 2017 when President Donald Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017. Back on March 29th, 2012, President Barack Obama proclaimed the day as Vietnam Veterans Day.

March 29th was chosen because on March 29, 1973, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam was disbanded and the last US combat troops left the republic of Vietnam.

Throughout the United States, there will be different events you can participate in to honor Vietnam veterans, which The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recognizes as all those who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during the U.S. involvement in Vietnam, November 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975.

You might see that some of these celebrations are called the “50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.” That is because the 50th Anniversary is going to be celebrated from May 28th, 2012 through November 11, 2025, as part of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration.

The National Cemetery Administration (NCA)

The National Cemetery Administration (NCA) will recognize, honor, and thank Vietnam Era veterans and their families this March. These national cemeteries will conduct a publicized Vietnam Commemorative ceremony to include a wreath-laying and presentation of lapel pins to recognize and honor Vietnam veterans and their families within the community. You can view the list of cemeteries here.

In addition to the ceremonies at the cemeteries, more than 9,000 organizations across the country, joined with the Department of Defense as a Commemorative Partner to help Americans honor our nation’s Vietnam veterans.

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Here are a few of the events around the country from those partners:

San Francisco, CA

The San Francisco VA Health Care System is hosting a Vietnam War Commemoration event on March 26, 2020. It will be at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. Vietnam veterans and their families, as well as the public, will be invited. Vietnam veterans who have served will receive pins.

North Las Vegas, NV

In North Las Vegas, Humana Marketpoint will be having a special ceremony to commemorate, thank, and honor all Vietnam era veterans and their families on March 27, 2020. Vietnam veterans will receive pins and there will be a free veterans resource fair afterward.

Santa Fe, NM

In Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Vet Center will be hosting an event on March 27, 2020. There will be a formal posting of colors, invocation prayer, singing of the national anthem, keynote speakers, a presentation of pins, a closing prayer, retrieval of colors and a meal afterward.

San Antonio, TX

In San Antonio, the San Antonio Vet Center will be having a Vietnam War 50th Commemoration Pinning Ceremony partnering with the Warm Spring Rehabilitation Hospital, Military Liaison on March 27th, 2020. They are inviting all Vietnam veteran clients of the Vet Center, Veteran Warms Springs clients, and various other veteran groups VFW’s and Organizations. They will also be recognizing their spouses.

Lincoln, NE

In Lincoln, there will be an event at the Nebraska State Capitol with remarks from Governor Ricketts, NDVA Director John Hilgert, and Nebraska Adjutant General Daryl Bohac on March 27th, 2020. They will have a proclamation signing to make March 29th Vietnam War Veterans Day in the state. Vietnam veterans and surviving spouses will also be presented with Vietnam War lapel pens.

Memphis, TN

In Memphis, on March 27th, 2020, the VA MC Memphis will thank and honor Veterans of the Vietnam War, including those who were POWs or listed as MIA, and their families.

Waynesville, NC

In Waynesville, the Hugh Rogers Chapter DAR is having a ceremony on March 27th, 2020, to include raising the commemorative flag, singing by the Community Chorus, honoring those killed in action by ringing a bell and placing a wreath, and then hosting a reception.

Myrtle Beach, SC

In Myrtle Beach, on March 27th, 2020, the Myrtle Beach Vet Center will be hosting Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. Vietnam veterans in attendance will be honored with a commemorative pinning and certificate ceremony.

Please visit the United States of America Veteran War Commemoration website for the full list of events and ceremonies and more information about how to honor Vietnam veterans on Vietnam War Veterans Day.


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Julie Provost is a freelance writer, blogger, and owner of Soldier's Wife, Crazy Life, a support blog for military spouses. She lives in Tennessee with her National Guard husband and three boys.