Vietnam Veteran's Day Proclaimed
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.
I guess in our zeal to figure out who did what in Florida we overlooked something like this. !!!!!!!!!!!
A another accomplishment by Obama
Wheres that thread again
Been waiting for someone to post it
I know, I don't know what some of us were thinking yesterday. As someone who had my brother taken by that war (not there , but years later) I always salute you and all the others that did what you could to make the best of a bad situation
Originally Posted by Pops
Yeah, both dad and step-dad are Vietnam Vets. Hope this catches on as a bigger "Thank You" to those men and women who served.
Although, I doubt we can blame it on internet banter or 5 mins of the evening news dedicated to something else. Collectively we need to appreciate this type of recognition as a society...if we cared more, the news would have provided more coverage.
thank you both for your thoughts....
i read this yesterday and it had me in tears
Okay, here goes:
1. Vietnam Veterans Day Proclamation
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whole list of them in another thread
Originally Posted by CombatTargeteer
I don't think any group of veterans should be singled out over any other. They all served their country.
Greatness is made in empty stadiums, but it’s revealed in full stadiums.
Just curious, does that mean no WWI or WWII Memorials?
Originally Posted by USMC_BugEater
I think duty during conflict is an important distinction to recognize. I imagine the impacts of stigma, PSD, toxic exposure, and physical trauma are significantly less when serving state side during non-conflict periods.
We have Veterans Day and Memorial Day to additionally and collectively honor our service members. Seems to me there is room to honor those that, due to circumstances beyond their control, had to sacrifice and give a little more.
i'd agree with you if the country didn't turn their backs on us. I proud of all my brothers and sisters.
Originally Posted by USMC_BugEater
We should take down all the memorials for the vets and just leave it as that. this country is showing a pattern today of disrespecting those that serve/ed
Don't want this either, You want to honor someone or something?
Honor the service of the vets from WWll & Korea cause were loosing em fast.
Also take care of the vets that have come after us. They need our help.
Live up to our promises to these folks & I will be satisfied.
On a side note I find it ironic that Paragraph 5 states, "Our veterans answered our country's call and served with honor, and on March 29, 1973, the last of our troops left Vietnam." I was in the area June/July of 1973 thou not quite in Vietnam proper.