The Long Beach Veterans Medical Center will be renamed in honor of Tibor Rubin. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.

Recognize and celebrate Vietnam veterans on March 29

On March 29, 1973, the last of America’s combat troops left Vietnam and the last Americans held as Prisoners of War (POW) came back home.

For that reason, in 2017, President Trump designated March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

It’s a day to reflect and recognize the countless sacrifices made by those 9 million Americans who wore the uniform during this era, from November 1, 1955 to May 7, 1975.

It’s a day to remember the price of freedom echoed by the names of more than 58 thousand servicemen and women on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. They are with us in spirit and cannot be forgotten.

This year, in an effort to slow the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), VA facilities across the nation have cancelled their onsite events, including VA Long Beach. We are still going to observe this important date and pay tribute to our Vietnam Veterans, but in a safe and virtual manner.

Proud Vietnam War Veteran

If you are a Vietnam Veteran and have a Facebook account, download this frame to show your pride for serving.

I support Vietnam War Veterans

If you have a Facebook account, and want to show appreciation for Vietnam War Veterans, download this frame.

Virtual Events

A list of virtual events for National Vietnam War Veterans Day are available at VA’s official blog, VAntage Point.

Lapel Pin

Living U.S. Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the period of November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location, are eligible to receive one lapel pin. Requests should be sent to [email protected]

Let’s all come together and renew our promise to the brave men and women who answer the call during the Vietnam War.

The article above was released by the Long Beach Veterans Hospital.