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National Vietnam War Veterans Day
National Vietnam War Veterans Day is being recognized nationwide and in Nevada this March. The day is a commemorative holiday in the United States which recognizes the sacrifices that veterans and their families made during the Vietnam War. It is also a day to give proper recognition to the men and women who returned home from that war and didn’t receive a proper welcome home.
National Vietnam War Veterans Day is a holiday that’s been celebrated since 1973 on either March 29th or March 30th of each year through a patchwork of state resolutions. However, in 2017, the date of the holiday was set as March 29th by U.S. President Donald Trump.
In Nevada, at least two big ceremonies are planned. In Las Vegas, National Vietnam War Veterans Day will be observed in a wreathlaying ceremony at the Las Vegas Veterans Memorial, located in front of the Grant Sawyer Building at 555 East Washington Avenue. The ceremony will start at 1:30 p.m. Another ceremony will be held in Carson City on March 31st at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Mills Park beginning at 5 p.m.
The day of remembrance is the result of legislation introduced last year by U.S. Senators Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., to honor Vietnam Veterans with a day on the anniversary of the withdrawal of military units from South Vietnam.
2018 Veterans Legislative Symposium
March 31, a Southern Nevada Veterans Legislative Symposium with be held to gather input from veterans heading into the 80th Legislative Session. The event will help identify and understand veteran issues and concerns for the purposes of developing a list of prioritized legislative recommendations. The symposium will be held at the Southern Nevada VA Healthcare System, Las Vegas VA Medical Center, at 8 a.m. A similar event will be held in Northern Nevada on March 24, at the Washoe County Senior Center, at 8 a.m., at 1155 E. 9th Street, in Reno.