Vietnam War Veterans Day 2021
contributed by Melissa Lucas, senior staff writer
On March 29th, 1973 the final round of U.S. troops was withdrawn from Vietnam. Forty-eight years later, we are celebrating the fourth anniversary of National Vietnam War Veterans Day, which was established by the Vietnam War Veteran Recognition Act of 2017.
Nearly nine million United States soldiers served during the Vietnam War Era, and today we lose close to 3,900 Vietnam Vets each week. There are several organizations which have made it their mission to honor and preserve the legacy of those who served, while educating each generation about the Vietnam War and its impact.
Vietnam Veteran Support Organizations
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) was established in 1980 and is famous for the conception and creation of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, also known as The Wall, which lists the names of the 58,000 American soldiers who lost their lives during the Vietnam War.
The VVMF assists in the upkeep and care of The Wall, supports the collection and curation of all tribute items left at The Wall, hosts ceremonies to commemorate those who served and sacrificed, and distributes educational material to teach students about the lasting impact of the war in Vietnam.
In 2009 The VVMF embarked on a mission to connect every name on The Wall with a face and a story. The Wall of Faces, is nearly complete, with a few photos missing from only three states and one territory.
Vietnam Veterans of America
Vietnam Veterans of America seeks to serve local communities while advocating for Veterans issues specifically relevant to Vietnam Vets. They’ve created outreach programs focused on Vietnam Veteran concerns such as the consequences of exposure to Agent Orange, educational opportunities, and PTSD, substance abuse.
Vietnam Veterans of America chapters can be found throughout the country. The organization also produces a bi-monthly publication titled The Veteran, which is available in print for VVA members and online for anyone who is interested, at no cost.
U.S. Vietnam War Commemoration
The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration was launched in 2012 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of significant U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. Since then, the organization has striven to present all 6.2 million U.S. veterans of the Vietnam War with a Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin as “a lasting memento of the Nation’s thanks.” The Commemoration will continue until 2025.
Celebrating National Vietnam War Veterans Day 2021
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the usual events held to honor National Vietnam War Veterans Day have been cancelled, postponed, or gone virtual. There are still several ways to show your support for our Vietnam Vets.
- Facebook has profile picture frames for both Vietnam Veterans and their supporters.
- On National Vietnam Veterans Day, The VA will be releasing videos on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram in honor of the sacrifices made by our service members and their families during the Vietnam War.
- The VVMF will host their annual commemoration virtually; a live stream of the service can be viewed on their website and Facebook page at 1:00 PM ET on March 29th.
More from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund has several ways Americans can support our Vietnam Veterans, fallen soldiers, and their families.
- Learn about Vietnam War history via the timeline of the Vietnam Era on their website.
- Take part in one of the many ceremonies held by the VVMF once restrictions related to COVID-19 are lifted.
- Virtually Explore the Wall of Faces which includes a page for every person whose name is inscribed on The Vietnam Veterans
- Donate to the In Memory Program which memorializes those veterans who served the Vietnam War, returned home, and later lost their lives as a result of their service.
- Explore the era by signing up to receive free Vietnam Era resources from the VVMF.
- Shop the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund store.
- Consider visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Use the Mobile Tour App (available for both Apple and Android operating systems) while you’re there.
- See if the Wall That Heals Tour (a travelling ¾ scale replica of The Wall) is coming to a city near you.
- Take a virtual tour of The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall.
Another way of honoring the Vietnam Veteran in your life is to explore the possibilities of receiving Aid & Attendance benefits for which your Veteran might be eligible. For more information on Aid & Attendance and whether or not you or someone you know qualifies, visit Veterans Home Care’s VetAssist Eligibility Calculator.
On Vietnam War Veterans Day 2021 Military Connection honors the sacrifices, both past and present, of all of our Vietnam Vets, fallen soldiers, and their families. Thank you for your service.