MARCH 29TH VIETNAM VETERANS DAY - call for national commemoration
A Day for all who served during the Vietnam War and Era
** Explanation why March 30 and Welcome Home not used nationally**
INFO ON STATUS - Recognizing This Special Day Of Respect And Gratitude
NATIONAL LEGISLATION IN CONGRESS
It died last session of Congress despite being introduced in the Senate Veterans Affairs committee on February 28th, 2013 as Senate Bill S.409 calling to establish March 29th Vietnam Veterans Day as a national day of observance and promptly moved to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Despite numerous requests of Senator Patrick Leahy to send the legislation to the full Senate, he withheld action on this no cost legislation and it expired.
ACTION REQUIRED It has to be reintroduced in this new session of Congress, contact your Senators and Representatives in the U.S. Congress, ask them to sponsor the March 29th Vietnam Veterans Day legislation.National effort pursued by the March 29th Vietnam Veterans Day National Coalition of States Council with Ohio being represented by three delegates and one being the Secretary and the Council spokesman. The Coalition of States Council succeeded in educating Congress after the 2011 March 30 Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day resolution to change 2012 resolution and Presidential Proclamation as well as introduce legislation as March 29th VIETNAM VETERANS DAY.
The March 30th date confusion still lingers in a few states that followed Congress 2011 resolution but explanation why not to use this date is below.
STATE OF OHIO Enacted in 2012 in error with March 30 as Vietnam Veterans Day even though legislation was introduce as March 29th and legislature informed about negativity of March 30,- also after Presidential Proclamation with Congress resolution making March 29th VIETNAM VETERANS DAY in 2012. Cuyahoga County (most populous in number of Veterans) disregarded by state legislators even though it had enacted March 29th Vietnam Veterans Day.
CUYAHOGA COUNTY Established March 29th Vietnam Veterans Day in November of 2011 by action of County Council and Executive and county hosted first commemoration on March 29th of 2012 - - - -
March 29, 1973, the last 2,500 combat troops withdrawn from South Vietnam thus ending military involvement
March 29, 1974 was declared Vietnam Veterans Day by Presidential order with the support of Congress
March 29, 2012 was declared Vietnam Veterans Day by Presidential order with the support of Congress
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 (Easter Offensive) started on March 30, 1972 and lasted through October 22 of 1972, a complete affront to our goodwill at the peace negotiations. 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.
(b) 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.
(c) 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 brought 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 and those who died afterward as a consequence of the war as well as their respective families. 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. Our newest generation of veterans and nation's defenders will find comfort to know that their sacrifice and service and that of their families will also not be forgotten, many being Vietnam War and Era Veterans' children or grandchildren. http://www.equalhonor.org