Vietnam Veterans Day is an American holiday dedicated to Vietnam War veterans. It’s a scary time for the whole state. The Vietnam War revealed the worst of the human side, with many soldiers who had been there suffering from mental trauma. The horrors that took place in Vietnam will remain forever in history. We honor all veterans of this war on this day. It is celebrated annually on March 29.
The history of Vietnam Veterans Day begins in 2012, when it was proposed to celebrate this holiday. The government supported the society’s initiative only five years later, when in 2017 a corresponding law was passed granting an official status to this memorial day.
The bloody pages of the Vietnam War begin in 1955, when conflict erupted in the southern part of the country. In the beginning it was a Civil War, but later North Vietnam was dragged into it – it was supported by three major powers. These are China, the Soviet Union, and the United States. Full-scale U.S. intervention in the war began in 1965. This year marks a new phase in a bloody conflict.
The peace treaty was signed on January 27, 1973, in the French capital. Two months later, on March 29, the withdrawal of American soldiers from Vietnam was completed. In honor of this event, the date of the celebration was chosen.
- Experts estimate that the United States lost more than 50,000 soldiers during the war. What is frightening is the number of war veterans who committed suicide or went insane, spending the rest of their days in a hospital bed – about 120,000.
- The horrors of the Vietnam War had much to do with the Vietnamese style of warfare. Their level of military equipment lagged far behind, so a variety of homemade traps were used. For example, for American soldiers who liked to kick in the door, a special wooden structure with spikes was placed behind the door, which delivered a fatal blow to the door opener. Traps and animal traps were actively used.
How to celebrate
Congratulations to the soldiers involved in that bloody war. Visit the Museums of Military Glory to learn more about the history of the Vietnam War. Watch documentaries, read books.
Spread the word on social media. Ask other users if they have relatives/acquaintances who participated in the Vietnam War.
When is Vietnam Veterans Day celebrated in 2024?
Vietnam Veterans Day is observed on March 29 each year.