Monday, March 21, 2011

Welcome Home Vietnam Veteran's Day

The Senate has declared that March 30th will be Vietnam Veteran's Welcome Home Day. Below is a copy of the resolution. In addition, Montgomery County, Maryland (for all you local readers) is having a Welcome Home activity at the new Veteran's Plaza in Silver Spring. I have enclosed a URL at the bottom of the page with more information on this local event and some pictures I took at the plaza recently. They had a display of Native American patriotic art the day I was there.

"Washington D.C - The U.S. Senate on March 8 declared March 30th
as "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day," agreeing unanimously to a
resolution introduced by Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Ranking Member
of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

On March 30, 1973, all U.S. troops withdrew from Vietnam under
the terms of the Treaty of Paris. This March 30th, the Senate has
encouraged Americans across the country to recognize Vietnam veterans
for their sacrifice and demonstrate a warm welcome to these soldiers who
returned from war to a politically divided country.

"I'm pleased that the Senate has agreed to set aside a day to
give our Vietnam veterans a warm, long-overdue welcome home. I strongly
encourage communities throughout North Carolina and across the country
to observe this day with activities and events that honor these veterans
for their service. It's time they receive the recognition they have
earned and deserve. This day also provides our nation with an important
teaching moment. Never again should our men and women serving in the
armed forces receive the same treatment as those returning from
Vietnam," said Senator Richard Burr.

Senator Burr introduced the resolution for the second consecutive year on February 16, 2011

The United States became involved in Vietnam because
policy-makers believed that if South Vietnam fell to a communist
government, communism would spread throughout the rest of Southeast
Asia. The US Armed Forces began serving in an advisory role to the South
Vietnamese in 1961, and in 1965, ground combat troops were sent into
Vietnam. On March 30, 1973, after many years of combat, all US troops
withdrew. More than 58,000 members of the United States Armed Forces
lost their lives and more than 300,000 were wounded in Vietnam."

Here is the URL to the Montgomery County Maryland event;

The Veteran's plaza is located on the corner of Ellsworth and Fenton Streets in downtown Silver Spring. As the flier says, "the more the merrier"


  1. Well, it's about time. Welcome home Viet Nam Vets! Thank you all.

  2. In 2010 & 2011 the R.I. Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association shamed Vietnam veterans by refusing membership to a 100% qualified Nam vet and terminating those who asked the R.I. CVMA state rep why. The National CVMA BOD backed this disrespectful act toward these Nam vets.

    Some things have not changed for the Nam vet and the R.I. CVMA and its National BOD proved it with their shameful actions.

  3. This is unbelievable not to mention despicable. I cannot imagine why anyone would take this stand.

    Just when yo think things are OK or at least getting better, something like this happens.

    P;ease get in touch and tell me more about this if you can.

  4. Hello Mark, we sent a comment but don't know if it went through the first time. Joe is the one you spoke to today 11.11.2014 who took a photo of you and your wife. We are still searching for your email to send the photo. We enjoyed talking with you today and will explore the site further. Blessings to you and your wife.