On January 27th, 1973 the United States and the other three official combatants of the Vietnam War signed the Paris Peace Accords, providing for the withdrawal of U.S. forces within 60 days, and the implementation of a ceasefire within South Vietnam. On March 29th, 1973 United States Combat Forces ceased operations and left Vietnam, coinciding with the release of all remaining POWs from North Vietnamese prison camps. The ceasefire would not hold, and Saigon ultimately fell to the People’s Army of Vietnam and the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam on April 30th, 1975.

Front Page of New York Times, March 30, 1973

In 2008, President George W. Bush signed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, of which Section 598 provided that the Department of Defense conduct a program to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. Subsequently, President Obama, President Trump, and President Biden have all reinforced the commitment of our nation to pay tribute to and honor the memory of all who served during the Vietnam era.

Three Soldiers statue located at the Viet Nam Memorial in Washington D.C.

Please see below for a letter from our Post Commander, Anselm T. W. Richards offering solemn gratitude to Vietnam Veterans, and exhorting all to reflect upon the service of Vietnam Veterans as part of the observance of National Vietnam War Veterans Day, March 29, 2023.

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Accessing the below link will enable you to watch a live stream of The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration executing a wreath-laying ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their legacy of service. The live stream of the event begins at 0950, and is expected to last approximately 45 minutes.