Hospice to Observe National Vietnam War Veterans Day 2021
The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 was signed into law designating every March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. National Vietnam War Veterans Day is observed to thank and honor our nation’s Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice.
Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties is a We Honor Veterans Partner Level 5 through the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and Veterans Agency (VA). Through our commitment to the Veterans in our care and to our community Veterans, we will be the lead agency to host the inaugural observance of National Vietnam War Day in Orange County. We thank VFW Post 973, Newburgh, NY, the Orange County Veterans Service Agency and the VET2VET Program through the Mental Health Association of Orange County for joining us in support.
The observance will take place at the Orange County Veteran Memorial in Newburgh on March 29 at 11:00 am and will offer prayer, the playing of taps, laying of a wreath and the reading of the 68 Vietnam soldiers listed on the Veteran Memorial. This will be offered to the public for view by streaming “Live” on Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/Hospiceoforange
Presidential Proclamation Regarding Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017
“To ensure the sacrifices of the 9 million heroes who served during this difficult chapter of our country’s history are remembered for generations to come, I signed into law the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017, designating March 29 of each year as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. Throughout this Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, and every March 29 thereafter, we will honor all those who answered our Nation’s call to duty.” -President Trump
Who does Vietnam War Commemoration Honor?
U.S. Armed Forces personnel with active-duty service between November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location of service which includes:
- Nine million Americans serving during that time.
- 6.4 million Americans living today.
- 2.7 million U.S. service members who served in Vietnam.
- 58,000 whose names are memorialized on a black granite wall in our Nation’s capital.
- 304,000 who were wounded.
- 1,253 Missing in Action (MIA) heroes who have not yet returned to American soil.
- 2,500 Prisoners of War (POWs)
The commemoration makes no distinction between veterans who served in-county, in-theater, or were stationed elsewhere during those 20 years. Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War will continue through Veterans Day, 2025.
To support National Vietnam War Veterans Day please consider:
- For Veterans with a Facebook account, they can download a frame to place a picture and show their pride for serving. The frame shows the Vietnam War Veteran day pin and the text “Proud Vietnam War Veteran.”
- For anyone who wants to show appreciation for Vietnam War Veterans, an additional frame can be downloaded. The frame shows the Vietnam War Commemoration logo and the text “I support Vietnam War Veterans.”
- The VA will also release two short videos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.