On Tuesday, President Trump signed into law the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017, which designates March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day and calls for the U.S. flag to be flown to honor those who served in the war...
“Tonight I’m proud to sign S. 305, which encourages the display of the U.S. flag on National Vietnam War Veterans Day tomorrow, March 29th,” the president said on Twitter.
"All Vietnam War veterans deserve high honor and respect that many of them did not get when they returned home from war. Designating March 29th of each year to say ‘welcome home' and ‘thank you' to our Vietnam War veterans is a strong signal that America appreciates the service of these special patriots of freedom."
The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act is the first federal statute that specifically provides for the honoring of Vietnam War veterans
· Permanently designates March 29th annually as National Vietnam War Veterans Day
· On March 29, 1973, the last combat troops were ordered out of Vietnam
o While many troops remained behind before the fall of Saigon – March 29th holds great meaning for many Vietnam veterans
· Includes March 29th as a day “the flag should be displayed”
The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act was passed unanimously by both chambers of Congress
· Introduced in the Senate by Senator Toomey and Senator Donnelly on February 3, 2017
o Passed Senate unanimously on February 8, 2017
o Passed House unanimously on March 21, 2017
o Signed by President Trump on March 28, 2017