This week the Senate adopted a Resolution introduced by Senator Randy Vulakovich proclaiming March 29, 2018, as “Vietnam War Day” in Pennsylvania.
The United States is currently in the midst of the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, which lasted from November 1, 1955 until May 15, 1975. November 1, 1955 was the designation of Military Assistance Advisory Group-Vietnam, and May 15, 1975 marked the end of the battle precipitated by the seizure of the SS Mayaguez. In 2017, President Trump signed into law the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act, which recognized March 29th as National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
Senator Vulakovich, Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee, said, “March 29th is the day that the last of our troops left Vietnam in 1973. With 325,208 Pennsylvanians having served in Vietnam, 3,147 of whom lost their lives, and 90 still unaccounted for, it is appropriate that Pennsylvania pay tribute today to the unsung heroes of the Vietnam War. Let us offer a special prayer of gratitude to those men and women who served in Southeast Asia and never forget those whose dreams were left unfulfilled.”
In May, The Wall the Heals, a replica of the Vietnam Memorial, will be on display at the Pennsylvania State Capitol. The Wall that Heals will be staged on the South Lawn of the Capitol, in front of the Irvis Office Building. It will be accessible to the public 24 hours from May 9th through 13th. A public opening ceremony will take place on May 9th at 7:00 p.m. more information, please go to: www.legis.state.pa.us/TWTH/.
Contact: Nate Silcox (717) 787-6538