By Terri Hendry
(Las Vegas, Carson City) National Vietnam War Veterans Day is March 29, 2018. The day is set aside to honor the men and women who served and sacrificed during the longest conflict in United States history.
In Nevada, at least two big ceremonies are planned. In Las Vegas, National Vietnam War Veterans Day will be observed in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Las Vegas Veterans Memorial, located in front of the Grant Sawyer Building at 555 East Washington Avenue. The ceremony will start at 1:30 p.m.
Another ceremony will be held in Carson City on March 31st at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Mills Park beginning at 5:00 p.m.
The day of remembrance is the result of new legislation. Last year, U.S. Senators Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., introduced legislation to honor Vietnam Veterans with a day on the anniversary of the withdrawal of military units from South Vietnam. President Donald Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Day Act on March 28, 2017 setting the day aside on March 29th, beginning in 2018, in honor of those who served.
All around the country, commemorative events, speeches and luncheons are being held inviting Vietnam Veterans as honored guests. If there isn’t a ceremony being held near you, there are other ways to honor these veterans. Thank a Vietnam Veteran. Buy them a drink or lunch. You may also send them a shout out using #VietnamWarVeteransDay on social media.