Thank you for your service to our country!
The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 established National Vietnam War Veterans Day. This day recognizes all members of our military who served in our armed forces from 1 November 1955 to 15 May 1975. This recognizes all veterans regardless of their duty station during this time. All who served during this period are Vietnam Veterans.
The significance of these dates is that on 1 November 1955, Military Assistance Advisory Group – Vietnam (MAGG-V) was established. May 15, 1975 is the date that a detachment of Marines were deployed to recover the SS Mayaguez and its crew which was then by a faction of the Khmer Rouge. That was the last military action in Southeast Asia.
As the Chairman of the Franklin Veterans Council, I serve as Chair or the Council’s Partnership with the Department of Defense Vietnam War Commemoration Program. We have conducted a number of Vietnam Veteran recognition programs including one at our Founder’s Day Dinner last Saturday when we recognized the 28 Vietnam Veterans in attendance.
When I present a lapel pin to our Vietnam Veterans I say, “On behalf of the Secretary of the Department of Defense and a grateful nation, thank you for your service.”
To our Vietnam Veterans, “Thank you for your service.”
Dale L. Kurtz
President, West Point Society of New England