More than 30 years after the Vietnam War ended, the U.S. Department of Defense has announced plans to pay tribute to the veterans of that war.
The Defense Department announced plans Jan. 14 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
The commemoration is being done in accordance with the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act. The act authorizes the Secretary of Defense to conduct a program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and "in conducting the commemorative program, the Secretary shall coordinate, support, and facilitate other programs and activities of the Federal Government, State and local governments, and other persons and organizations in commemoration of the Vietnam War.
The program will:
Thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, including personnel who were held as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action, for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States and to thank and honor the families of these veterans.
Highlight the service of the armed forces during the Vietnam War and the contributions of federal agencies and governmental and non-governmental organizations that served with, or in support of, the armed forces.
Pay tribute to the contributions made on the home front by the people of the United States during the Vietnam War.
Highlight the advances in technology, science and medicine related to the military research conducted during the Vietnam War.
Recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by the allies of the United States during the Vietnam War.
Department of Defense representatives will coordinate with other federal agencies, veteran groups, state, local government and non-government organizations for their input in Vietnam War commemoration activities.
For more information about the commemoration call 877-387-9951 or visit the official Web site at (www.vietnamwar50th.com/).