As a reminder, we are currently closed at the Hut until further notice. We are all feeling the effects of the current virus situation. I will keep you informed as things progress. So it is Sunday and, as usual, it’s my day to write this week’s article. While you are reading this on Wednesday Sunday, the 29th of March, is now a Federal Holiday. Vietnam Veteran’s Day. With rare exception most of us at the Hut served during that conflict. I did a little research and found out the details.
Here is what I learned. “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
National Vietnam War Veterans Day is observed every year on March 29 and is a way to thank and honor our nation’s Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice. There are 5 objectives with Vietnam Commemoration and the other four are:
• Highlight the service of our Armed Forces and support organizations during the war
• Pay tribute to wartime contributions at home by American citizens
• Highlight technology, science and medical advances made during the war
• Recognize contributions by our Allies.
National Vietnam War Veterans Day will be observed on Sunday, March 29, 2020. For the record I was a young man living at home with my folks. Dad was a two fisted, honky-tonk, WWII hero. He always loved a good fight but was against the war in Vietnam. He said it was a politician’s war. “Let them send their sons over there” he said often. He said he was going to send me to Canada. I told him, “Dad, you raised me on too many John Wayne movies”. I joined the USAF June of 1973 at the ripe old age of 20. I retired here in Tulsa with the OK Air Guard 16 years ago. I will never forget how Vietnam veterans were treated when they got home. In California it was embarrassing. Now the recognition is truly amazing.
Well, I will keep on updating you all each week. If you know a Vietnam Veteran, knock elbows and say thanks!