Vietnam Veterans Day Commemorated With Ceremonies Nationwide

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U.S. Marine Corps veterans salute during the 5th Marines Vietnam War Memorial unveiling ceremony in the Camp San Mateo Memorial Garden at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California.
U.S. Marine Corps Veterans salute during the 5th Marines Vietnam War Memorial unveiling ceremony in the Camp San Mateo Memorial Garden at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California. (U.S. Marine Corps/Rhita Daniel)

This March 29, on Vietnam Veterans Day, there will be commemorative ceremonies at more than 900 locations across the globe, including Veterans cemeteries, VA hospitals and other locations. You can visit http://www.vietnamwar50th.com/events/ to find an event in your local area.

Many Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) and Navy Exchange locations will also honor Vietnam veterans with commemorative ceremonies and presentations of Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pins and other articles in thanks for their service.

Related: Vietnam Veterans Day

The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration is a program administered by the Department of Defense to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The Commemoration was authorized by an act of Congress.

March 29 was chosen to be observed as Vietnam Veterans day, since that was the day United States Military Assistance Command, Vietnam was disestablished and also the day the last U.S. combat troops departed Vietnam.  

For details on ceremonies, as well as more information about the commemorative pin, and Vietnam Veterans Day you can visit the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration's website

The free lapel pin is available to any veteran who served on active duty during the period from Nov. 1, 1955 through May 15, 1975.

Those veterans who are unable to attend a local event can still receive the commemorative lapel pin by visiting the organization's website

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