Honoring those who served in Vietnam

Do you know what day it is today? Here’s a hint: On March 29, 1973, the last American troops left Vietnam. One year later, President Nixon designated March 29, 1974 as Vietnam Veteran’s day to honor the 9 million Americans that served in Vietnam. Approximately 1,600 are still listed as POW/MIA (Prisoner of War/Missing in Action.) About half of those killed were between the ages of 15 and 21. More than 7 million Vietnam vets are still alive today, and in 2012 President Obama issued a presidential proclamation reaffirming March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Day to express the respect and gratitude of the nation.

Celebrations have been taking place around the country today and over the weekend, like these ceremonies in Knoxville and Salem.

At the Housing Crisis Center, we have had many Vietnam Veterans in our various programs over the years. Some have passed on and we honor their memory today. Others have graduated from our programs, and gone on to achieve their personal goals. We are grateful for this generation of brave Americans and their families who sacrificed so much, and hope you will join us in saying “Thank You” to our Vietnam Veterans and their families.

To learn more about the Vietnam War, click here for a detailed interactive timeline.