On March 28, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017. This act officially recognizes March 29 as Vietnam War Veterans Day annually. The act also encourages the display of the US flag every year on March 29. It should not be confused with Veterans Day.
On March 20th, 2018, the City of Henderson recognized the service and sacrifice of the men and women who served our country during the 11 years of combat in the Vietnam War from 1962 to 1973. Over 3 million Americans served during the Vietnam War, with more than 58,000 who gave their lives and over 304,000 wounded.
In a July 22, 2015, article on Smithsonian.com, author Brian Handwerk noted that psychological surveys suggest that some 271,000 Vietnam veterans may still have full post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with many getting worse with time.
This year marks the 56th anniversary of Operation Chopper when United States Army pilots lifted more than 1,000 South Vietnamese service members over jungle and underbrush to capture a National Liberation Front stronghold near Saigon on January 12, 1962, America’s first combat mission against the Viet Cong.
The City of Henderson marked its ninth year of incorporation that year. The last U.S. troops left Vietnam 11 years later on March 29, 1973, 20 years after Henderson’s incorporation.
The Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), Chapter 1076, was incorporated in 2013 to serve Henderson and Boulder City veterans.
Photo shows members of Vietnam Veterans Association, Chapter 1076 and Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 730 who are also members of Chapter 1076 along with Mayor Debra March and the City of Henderson Council Members.