Friday, March 29, 2013

In Honor of Vietnam Veterans

Today, most appropriately, was proclaimed Vietnam Veterans Day by the president of the United States. Less than two decades after the end of World War II, the United States entered the war in Vietnam in the early 1960s, and began one of our longest and most challenging wars. More than a decade of conflict, on March 29, 1973, the last of our troops left Vietnam. 

More than 3 million Americans answered our country's call and served with honor, and today we bestow honor on those who fought on behalf of this nation and pay tribute to those we have laid to rest. More than 58,000 made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our Nation. 

On behalf of the Air Force Association, we give our most sincere gratitude, honor, and respect for the men and women of the U.S. military who fought in Vietnam.

American servicemen, former prisoners of war, are cheering as their aircraft takes off
from an airfield near Hanoi as part of Operation Homecoming, February 1973.

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