This year is the 40th Anniversary of the End of the Vietnam War (last combat troops withdrawn on March 29, 1973) and Next Year is the 40th Anniversary of the first Vietnam Veterans Day by Presidential Proclamation (March 29, 1974).
THANK YOU - WE ARE MORE THAN 10,000 members strong and growing.
It is important to demonstrate to Congress that we will not rest until they do their job in establishing March 29th Vietnam Veterans Day "FOREVER" through national legislation.
Let us gather at least 58, 286 members and petition signers before Congress comes back to Washington. www.causes.com/march29vietvetday
(1) If you are already a member, please also sign the petition. That way we can deliver the names of the supporters/signers from each state to their respective U.S. Senators and Representatives and help influence them to become co-sponsors of the pending legislation and resolution (do contact them yourselves and request their support as co-sponsors):
U.S. SenateBill "S.409 - A bill to add Vietnam Veterans Day as a patriotic and national observance" http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s409
U.S. House Resolution "H.Res.235: Expressing support for designation of March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Day" http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hres235
(2) If your state does not have a March 29th Vietnam Veterans Day established by legislation, to help them draft the words to the state law please share the information about U.S. Senate Bill "S.409 - A bill to add Vietnam Veterans Day as a patriotic and national observance" http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s409 and U.S. House Resolution "H.Res.235: Expressing support for designation of March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Day" http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hres235
(3) Because of a 1995 Rule of the U.S. House of Representatives (No bills introduced for commemorative days) and after the Korean Veterans Day was passed, we have to have the U.S. Senate first pass the bill and then send to the House to act on by either Consent or Suspension of House Rules. The House resolution H.Res.235 is necessary to help gather support for when the Senate bill S.409 is passed in the Senate and then sent to the House for passage.
**** Explanation why NO to March 30th as date and NO to Welcome Home in name is below ****.
WHY NO to March 30th.
(a) March 30th is tainted because the blood of our nation's defenders was spilled by the North Vietnamese when the Eastertide invasion started on March 30, 1972 and lasted through October 22 of 1972, a complete affront to our goodwill at the peace negotiations.
(b) The Easter Offensive, and also (Chiến dịch Xuân hè 1972 in Vietnamese) was a military campaign conducted by the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) against the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN, the regular army of South Vietnam) and the United States military.
(c) The offensive was given a title steeped in Vietnamese history. In 1773 the three Tây Sơn brothers (so called because of the place of their origin) united a Vietnam divided by civil war and social unrest. The youngest brother, Nguyễn Huệ, then defeated an invading Chinese army on the outskirts of Hanoi in 1788.This was an obvious 200th anniversary goal to unite Vietnam under Communist rule regardless of the Peace Treaty negotiations.
(d) Also on March 30 of 1975, the North Vietnamese again violated the peace accords and disregarded our goodwill and deprived the South Vietnamese people of their right of self determination agreed to by the North. It created despair and the death of more of our people while trying to protect and help evacuate the people of the illegally occupied South Vietnam.
WHY NO to "WELCOME HOME" in name.
Using "Welcome Home" comes across like a "LAST MAN STANDING" tribute and lacks clarity as to whom gratitude and respect should be delivered especially those who gave their lives for our country. This day is a perpetual message on behalf of "THOSE WHO NO LONGER HAVE A VOICE OR A CHOICE" that no other generation will endure the same pain and that their sacrifice and service as well as their families will not be forgotten.