Vietnam Veterans Day: Honoring Our Veterans for Their Sacrifice and Courage.
Vietnam Veterans Day, March 29, 2019: From August 5, 1964 to May 7, 1975, nearly 3 million service members served in Vietnam. The last combat units withdrew from South Vietnam on March 29, 1973. More than 58,000 service members gave the ultimate sacrifice in the Vietnam War. Today we honor them, both the living and the fallen.
When the will defies fear, when duty throws the gauntlet down to fate, when honor scorns to compromise with death — that is heroism.” — Robert Green Ingersoll
Many relatives took to Twitter to thank their loved ones for their sacrifices and courage. Some of them posted pictures, and we asked permission to use those. Some said no, some didn’t respond, even though Twitter is public. We chose only to post the ones that said yes.
I wanna show my appreciation to my father hes 72 yrs old now. He served and received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for gallantry. VETS.. We thank you, we’re grateful our appreciation should have no limits. #VietnamVeteransDay pic.twitter.com/dv1Ww4CCFA— Lemories_Coupe (@LemoriesI) March 29, 2019
Thank you, Lemories, we honor your Father for his service. Thank you and welcome home!
Thinking of my late father on national #VietnamVeteransDay A combat veteran, he was in the infantry and artillery (155mm howitzers), and was in Vietnam from May, 1969-April, 1970. pic.twitter.com/WVlMt5hKd5— josh fulton (@mrfulton81) March 29, 2019
Thank you, Josh! We honor your father for his service!
Today is Vietnam War Veterans Day. We honor the legacy of the 2.7 million men and women who served in Vietnam from 1955 to 1975, and the sacrifices they made during their service. pic.twitter.com/geXiHsr4JM— GEN Mark A. Milley (@ArmyChiefStaff) March 29, 2019
Hardin Post 113 in Elizabethtown, Ky. hosting a #VietnamVeteransDay dinner tonight. More than 400 showed up for the dinner last year, while 500+ expected tonight. Guests include @LtGovHampton & soldiers from @FortKnoxKY who are helping man the serving line. #veterans pic.twitter.com/XuzJyh0bTx— The American Legion (@AmericanLegion) March 28, 2019
“No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.” — Gen. Douglas MacArthur
“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” -Elmer Davis— Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (@JointBasePHH) March 29, 2019
Thank you to all our Vietnam veterans. Your service & sacrifice will never be forgotten.#VietnamVeteransDay pic.twitter.com/ZIcIUBpe6M
It’s a fact that Vietnam Veterans faced hatred and disrespect when they returned from duty. We have interviewed many, some of whom suffer debilitating effects from Agent Orange, PTSD, and other combat-related injuries. They did not deserve dishonor. They deserved respect for their sacrifices.
There were hundreds of medals issued for the Vietnam War, many of them posthumously. Medals of Honor have been awarded to some Vietnam Veterans even after so many years after upgrades. From a war that cost thousands of American lives, in the midst of upheaval at home, politicians who made horrific mistakes, courage was and always will be part of the legacy of America.