March 29th is designated as Vietnam Veterans Day. It is set aside to honor the courage and sacrifices of our Vietnam Veterans and their families. It is also a part of the national effort to recognize the men and women who were denied a proper welcome upon their return home more than 40 years ago. It was a sad time in our nation’s history when American citizens were unable to separate their distaste for the war from the warriors they sent to fight. Thankfully this mindset no longer exists in America. Vietnam Veterans are gaining the respect that was not so freely given upon their return. March 29th was chosen for this special day as on this day in 1973 the last combat troops and combat support units were withdrawn from Vietnam and the last prisoners of war (to o ur knowledge) held in North Vietnam arrived on American soil. Special days such as this serve as a reminder to reflect on all of the brave men and women that have served, many of whom perished in battle, throughout our nation’s history.
Please consider a generous (tax deductible) contribution to be matched dollar for dollar during this designated time period. (see the accompanying graphic) While not part of this match offer, we continue to encourage the honoring individual veterans with engraved pavers, benches and branch pillars to be part of the site. Ordering information is available on our website: www.els.org/monument)