Remembering the Vietnam War – 50th Anniversary Commemoration

Many Vietnam War veterans did not get the homecoming they deserved. Regardless of how unpopular the Vietnam War was at the time, our nation’s veterans deserved better than to be jeered and spat upon when they returned home. They, like generations of veterans before and after, served honorably, and bravely. Now, our nation is taking the time to remember them with a series of Vietnam War Commemorations. These ceremonies will be held over the next decade, through Veterans day of 2025.

Vietnam Memorial - Vietnam War 50th Commemoration Ceremonies

The 2008 National Defense Authorization Act authorized the Secretary of Defense to conduct a program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. These commemorations will be held from to be held from May 28, 2012 – November 11, 2025. There will be a combination of national commemorations, and many more state and local events. The idea is to bring recognition to the veterans, and to help communities better understand our involvement in the Vietnam War, and how much our veterans mean to our communities.

A Grateful Nation Thanks and Honors You

Vietnam War Commemoration Flag

A Grateful Nation Thanks and Honors You

The phrase, “A Grateful Nation Thanks and Honors You” graces the official United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration Flag. It is a reminder to all Vietnam Veterans that their sacrifices are not forgotten. It also serves as a reminder of their service to those who did not participate in the Vietnam War.

The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration website was created to document the various commemoration ceremonies and the official seal and flag. You can learn more about the symbolism of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration Flag here, and more about the official seal. A lot of thought went into the symbolism for these emblems and I encourage you to spend a few moments to read about the symbolism.

Thanking Vietnam Veterans Today

There is no statute of limitations for honor. And we all need to remember and appreciate that. I think it’s a good thing the US Government decided to embrace the Vietnam Veterans community and commemorate the service and sacrifice they endured on behalf of our nation.

The following video brought a tear to my eye. I hope you will take two and a half minutes to watch it. This video says more in two minutes than I could say with a thousand words.

See the video on YouTube if the player doesn’t appear.

This video made me appreciate Vietnam Veterans for what they have endured since coming home. Instead of receiving the hero’s welcome many veterans in my generation received, Vietnam War veterans were jeered or ignored. They deserved a hero’s welcome. They did not receive it. Now it’s time to recognize them for their service and sacrifice.

If you know a Vietnam War veteran, please thank them for their service. Take them out for coffee or buy them a meal. Take time to listen to their stories if they are willing to share them. They deserve the respect of our nation.

Image credits: Vietnam War Memorial, Jaybyrdamw78CustomPhotos (used with permission), United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration Flag.

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Date published: November 16, 2012. Last updated: November 20, 2012.

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  1. Ron Larson 1965- 67 Army Air says

    I truly do Thank All of you !
    I served for the Flag and what it stood for, Truth Honesty, and for America and what America stood for. Its a shame our goverment leaders do not think this way anymore they are all for themselves and have not rememberd how the common man made this country what it is. to help others to succeed is to help ourselves. to take away from others will be our down fall as no one succeeds.

  2. Johnny W. Smith says

    I’m a Vietnam Vet & this is the 1st time I’ve
    heard of the Flag & Seal
    Made me feel a little better
    My thanks to those who made this possible

  3. Richard Saalman says

    I served during the Vietnam War but did not get to fight, i had a state side job, my orders were cut and i was prepared to go. My father was a Major in the Army,and he had a part in keeping me state side. I am glad he had a part in it. He told me that the war is hell, he served in the Bataan death march in WW II, And my mother served in Germany during WWII, she was a nurse. I had to follow orders in my family in which my father was a die hard republican and my mother was a die hard democrat., I served in 1972-1976, I was 17 yrs old at the time and quit school. I liked the military because it taught me respect for others. If I was called to go back I would do it without any questions.

  4. Al Reger says

    Richard no mater what you did you were part of the military force that supported our troops no matter where they were. All aspects of this war of atrician were that if you weren’t in country you didn’t have the right to say you wee a Vietnam vet. Without folks state side or on supply ships there would have been no war. We would have been defeated early on as for a lack of food,ammo,and other supplies. Anyone who served is a veteran of the VietNam war in my opinion. I was on the Big E our planes did a lot of damage.

  5. Brenda says

    My husband served in nam and I think this is wonderful, I just wish this would have happened years ago, but better late than never I guess. So who do we contact to find out when and where these community commemorations are?

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