You may have noticed flags flying in New Melle and along the streets in other municipalities on Friday, March 29, 2019 and wondered why. It was the second anniversary of the National Vietnam War Veterans Day. On March 28, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed into law The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017, establishing The National Vietnam War Veterans Day that is now celebrated each year on March 29.
The recognition is extended to men and women who served on active duty in the U.S. armed forces from Nov. 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975, whether in peacetime or war. Nine million Americans — about 6.4 million of them living today — served during that period. As of March 28th, 58,320 U.S. service members’ names were inscribed on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial - a.k.a. “The Wall” - in Washington, D.C.. The memorial is located on the National Mall, near the Korean War Veterans Memorial and the World War II Memorial.