Observances

Nation Recognizes Vietnam Veterans in Annual Observance

March 29, 2019 | BY David Vergun

National Vietnam War Veterans Day observances are taking place across the nation, including at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington.

At "The Wall," as it’s commonly called, a number of veterans were awarded Vietnam Veteran lapel pins by Kim Joiner, the acting principal deputy assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs, on behalf of the Defense Department. Joiner also participated in a wreath-laying event at the memorial.

Woman looks at tray of lapel pins before a presentation ceremony.
Pin Presentation
Kim Joiner, the acting principal deputy assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs, prepares to present lapel pins on behalf of the Defense Department to Vietnam War veterans attending a National Vietnam War Veterans Day event at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, March 29, 2019.
Photo By: Robert Turtil, Department of Veterans Affairs
VIRIN: 190329-O-ZZ999-0329

During this second anniversary of the National Vietnam War Veterans Day, DOD and the Veterans Affairs Department are supporting more than 1,600 similar events in many states across the nation.

Woman pins lapel pin on man
Lapel Pin
Kim Joiner, the acting principal deputy assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs, pins a Vietnam Veteran lapel pin on a veteran during an observance of Vietnam War Veterans Day at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, March 29, 2019.
Photo By: Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith, DOD
VIRIN: 190329-D-SV709-0143
Wreath rests at wall
Washington Wreath
A wreath honors the second anniversary of National Vietnam War Veterans Day at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, March 29, 2019.
Photo By: Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith, DOD
VIRIN: 190329-D-SV709-0094

On March 28, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed into law The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017, establishing The National Vietnam War Veterans Day that is now celebrated each year on March 29.

The recognition is extended to men and women who served on active duty in the U.S. armed forces from Nov. 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975, whether in peacetime or war. Nine million Americans — about 6.4 million of them living today — served during that period.

Rose sits beside wall
Vietnam Wall
The Vietnam War Memorial in the nation’s capital was the site for a wreath-laying event to observe the second anniversary of Vietnam Veterans Day, March 29, 2019.
Photo By: Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith, DOD
VIRIN: 190329-D-SV709-0171

As of this month 58,320 U.S. service members’ names were inscribed on The Wall. The memorial is located on the National Mall, near the Korean War Veterans Memorial and the World War II Memorial.

Video by Marine Corps Sgt. David Staten, DOD