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Friday, March 28, 2014

Presidential Proclamation -- Vietnam Veterans Day

Presidential Proclamation -- Vietnam Veterans Day

VIETNAM VETERANS DAY

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

On January 12, 1962, United States Army pilots lifted more than 1,000 South Vietnamese service members over jungle and underbrush to capture a National Liberation Front stronghold near Saigon. Operation Chopper marked America's first combat mission against the Viet Cong, and the beginning of one of our longest and most challenging wars. Through more than a decade of conflict that tested the fabric of our Nation, the service of our men and women in uniform stood true. Fifty years after that fateful mission, we honor the more than 3 million Americans who served, we pay tribute to those we have laid to rest, and we reaffirm our dedication to showing a generation of veterans the respect and support of a grateful Nation.

The Vietnam War is a story of service members of different backgrounds, colors, and creeds who came together to complete a daunting mission. It is a story of Americans from every corner of our Nation who left the warmth of family to serve the country they loved. It is a story of patriots who braved the line of fire, who cast themselves into harm's way to save a friend, who fought hour after hour, day after day to preserve the liberties we hold dear. From Ia Drang to Hue, they won every major battle of the war and upheld the highest traditions of our Armed Forces.

Eleven years of combat left their imprint on a generation. Thousands returned home bearing shrapnel and scars; still more were burdened by the invisible wounds of post-traumatic stress, of Agent Orange, of memories that would never fade. More than 58,000 laid down their lives in service to our Nation. Now and forever, their names are etched into two faces of black granite, a lasting memorial to those who bore conflict's greatest cost.

Our veterans answered our country's call and served with honor, and on March 29, 1973, the last of our troops left Vietnam. Yet, in one of the war's most profound tragedies, many of these men and women came home to be shunned or neglected -- to face treatment unbefitting their courage and a welcome unworthy of their example. We must never let this happen again. Today, we reaffirm one of our most fundamental obligations: to show all who have worn the uniform of the United States the respect and dignity they deserve, and to honor their sacrifice by serving them as well as they served us. Half a century after those helicopters swept off the ground and into the annals of history, we pay tribute to the fallen, the missing, the wounded, the millions who served, and the millions more who awaited their return. Our Nation stands stronger for their service, and on Vietnam Veterans Day, we honor their proud legacy with our deepest gratitude.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 29, 2012, as Vietnam Veterans Day. I call upon all Americans to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities that commemorate the 50 year anniversary of the Vietnam War.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

BARACK OBAMA

15 comments :

Anonymous said...

Are any ceremonies being scheduled in Potter County. If so where, what, and when?

Anonymous said...

Don't ask Marty Causer, he does'nt know Feb 28th is the day bill S.409 was passed in the house!!!!

Anonymous said...

Doing anything he can to bring up his approval rating!

Anonymous said...

@2:52-He does something good for our Country, and you complain about it. What have YOU done to better your Country lately?

Anonymous said...

@4:04, its rather hard to praise Obama for one act, considering he has tried to lower retired Veterans pay and health care benefits at every turn. If Obama truly cared about our country, the Military wouldn't be the first section of Government on the chopping block. I'm not saying there isn't room for cuts to their budget, but I think there are plenty of places to cut waste and fraud first.

BigSkinny said...

Why is there a special vietnam veterans day, but they don't have a special day for all of the other wars? What happened to WW1, WW2, korean war, persian gulf war? I don't think this was thought thru very well.

Anonymous said...

The military pension cut came from the Republican House. Which party always campaigns on trimming government pensions? A bill was introduced to bring back the benefits in the Senate and expand benefits but blocked by Republicans. Learn how government works.

Anonymous said...

Bonnie Sue says Sincere THANK YOU for Serving...It is late Honoring YOU but Welcome Home and try to forgive the disrespect YOU got when You returned...YOU are All Awesome Men and Woman...GOD Bless YOU...

Anonymous said...

4:04 yea he really cares about our military for every photo op he can get that is. What about the made up scandal called Benghazi where Obama and Hillary Clinton let people die without even trying to get help to them. The Obama administration has been and will continue to gut the military in the next 2 years back to pre ww2 size.

Anonymous said...

Not to be a cynic but... Wasn't 2012 like 2 years ago? Did someone invent a time machine and i missed it?

Anonymous said...

Thank you Bonnie Sue, I agree with you, thank you to all our servimen and women,Our Vietnam people do need some recognition!! You couple people here, wanna argue politics, GO somewhere else, i thought this was honorng a new holiday, in very poor taste and disrespectful to our veterans!

Anonymous said...

10:27 please brush up on your history.

The Vietnam War (Vietnamese: Chiến tranh Việt Nam, in Vietnam also known as the American War, Vietnamese: Chiến tranh Mỹ), also known as the Second Indochina War,[32] was a Cold War-era proxy war that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from December 1956[A 1] to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. This war followed the First Indochina War and was fought between North Vietnam—supported by the Soviet Union, China and other communist allies—and the government of South Vietnam—supported by the United States and other anti-communist countries.[37

It is so sad that even in this gesture people can find a way to disrespect a Viet Nam Vet/

And yes I am a Viet Nam Vet, and I am proud of my service. I don't need a special day to remember. I remember every day and revisit almost every night. Most of you don't have a clue. IT JUST MEANS NOTHING

Anonymous said...

I agree with 10:27. This is way by a useless president to get attention. You know he is lying when he opens his mouth , he doesn't need to also put it in writing and back date it by over a year. I had friends go to RVN from basic training in 1957 as advisors to the ARVN troops. I did two tours there and live with it each day and was spit upon in July ,1971 when I last returned from RVN ,thanks to Hanoi Jane Fonda and John Kerry. Do the service Mr. President then you might be fit to honor the veterans. Enough Said

Anonymous said...

Thank you Brother you said it better than I. We served with honor, they cannot take that away. I detest being used by people who never wore a uniform, or who are looking to gain at our expense. I support a Veterans for all Vets and all wars.

Anonymous said...

I am a vet myself of 7 years, yes we flight for our freedom and did not get, but $74.00 a month big deal. god bless all service men and woman who have and are serving yet.