BECAUSE YOU SERVED
Vietnam War Veterans Day March 29th
On March 29, our Nation will commemorate National Vietnam War Veterans Day on its 50th anniversary. There are several virtual events, live webcasts and 2021 traveling wall schedules posted to help us remember and respect the nine million American men and women – more than six million of whom are living today – who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during our involvement in Vietnam from November 1, 1955 to May 7, 1975.
National Vietnam War Veterans Day is March 29, marking the day U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, disestablished on March 29, 1973.
This is the fourth anniversary of the day and second year in a row events will be largely virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Veterans can stay connected and participate in virtual events.
Here’s a list of some of those events.
On VA channels
Veterans, families, friends and the general public have several options to see Vietnam memorial walls in 2021 with the release of traveling wall schedules. Learn more at https://blogs.va.gov/VAntage/85842/vietnam-memorial-walls-release-schedule-with-covid-restrictions/.
Read VA Secretary Denis McDonough’s message.
VA will also release videos on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VeteransAffairs, Twitter at https://twitter.com/DeptVetAffairs and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund will host an online commemoration at 1 p.m. March 29 with a live webcast at www.honorvietnamveterans.org or https://www.facebook.com/VietnamVeteransMemorialFund/.
Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pins
The Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin has become “a lasting memento of the Nation’s thanks.” Living U.S. Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the period of November 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975, regardless of location, are eligible to receive one lapel pin.
Normally, Veterans receive these lapel pins during public ceremonies. However, if there is no commemorative event planned in your area, eligible veterans can visit vietnamwar50th.com and click on “How can I get a Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin?” Veterans will receive this via mail at the earliest opportunity.
Event organizers can click here for examples of how to safely host commemorative events using COVID-19 precautions on and around National Vietnam War Veterans Day. Everyone can get involved by visiting www.vietnamwar50th.com. People can also participate in the commemoration on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and LinkedIn by searching for “vietnamwar50th” or “vietnamwarcommemoration.”