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A Grateful Nation Thanks and Honors Vietnam Veterans

Across the nation, Americans, in response to the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act empowered by the Secretary of Defense, are uniting to thank and honor our Vietnam Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice. 


Join us in Honolulu, Hawaii, May 23-29, 2017 for the official Welcome Home event commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. This historic event, encompassing Memorial Day Weekend, encourages all Vietnam and Vietnam Era Veterans from all 50 states, US territories, and allied nations to participate.  

With the endorsement of Hawaii Governor David Ige, a leadership committee was assembled with members representing military, government, veterans and community leaders.  Vietnam Veteran Col. Gene Castagnetti, USMC (Ret) was elected chairman.  A week of events that will recognize the service, valor, and sacrifice of Vietnam veterans and their families has been planned.  Memorable occasions that show a sensitivity and appreciation for the solemnity of war and the losses suffered by many, will meet these congressionally-mandated objectives:  

  • To thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, including personnel who were held as prisoners of war or listed as missing or killed in action, for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States and to thank and honor the families of these veterans.

  • To highlight the service of the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War and the contributions of Federal agencies and governmental and non-governmental organizations that served with, or in support of, the Armed Forces.

  • To pay tribute to the contributions made on the home front by the people of the United States during the Vietnam War.

  • To highlight the advances in technology, science and medicine related to military research conducted during the Vietnam War.

  • To recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by the allies and families of the United States during the Vietnam War.

Join us in Hawaii.  The planned commemoration will honor and recognize American service men and women and our allies who, together, served and fought to protect the great cause of liberty and freedom. 

Veterans and military families, register here to take part in the events in Hawaii, May 23-29, 2017

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