WHEREAS, the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration provides all Americans with the opportunity to recognize, honor, and thank our Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice during the Vietnam War; and
WHEREAS, the Vietnam War Commemoration was authorized by Congress and established under the Secretary of Defense and was launched by presidential proclamation to extend from Memorial Day 2012 through Veterans Day 2025; and
WHEREAS, this commemoration includes the nine million Americans who served in the United States Armed Forces during this period and makes no distinction between those who served in-country, in-theatre, or were stationed elsewhere during those 20 years, as all answered the call of duty; and
WHEREAS, more than 11,000 organizations across America, including the Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution, have joined with the Department of Defense as commemorative partners to honor our nation’s Vietnam era veterans; and
WHEREAS, March 29, 1973, was the last day that U.S. troops were on the ground in Vietnam;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize March 29, 2018, as WELCOME HOME VIETNAM VETERANS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.