In commemoration of Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day, Governor Gary R. Herbert shared a declaration honoring Utah’s Vietnam Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice.
“We in Utah come together to offer our respects to the incredible 28,000 veterans who left their homes in this state to serve their fellow countrymen, and, furthermore, express our sincerest gratitude to the estimated 45,000 Vietnam veterans residing in Utah today,” the declaration reads. “We must never forget the heroism of Vietnam veterans.”
March 29 is designated by the state of Utah as Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day and also is National Vietnam War Veterans Day. Gov. Herbert signed HB275, which set aside March 29 annually as Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day, into law on Mar. 29, 2014. Then on March 28, 2017, President Donald Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017, which officially recognizes March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
On March 29, 1973, the last U.S. combat troops left Vietnam.
Today, Vietnam-era Veterans are Utah’s largest veteran service-era demographic group.
Veterans are encouraged to attend the numerous virtual events being held for National Vietnam War Veterans Day. For more information on these events, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs website by clicking here.
To download the pdf version of Gov. Herbert’s declaration, please click here.