AK House Majority
The 27th Alaska State Legislature, 2011 - 2012  
Sponsor Statement: House Bill 281

Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day

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Rep. Bill Thomas R-5
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Rep. Bill Thomas (R-5)
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An Act establishing March 30 of each year as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.

Posted: April 12, 2012 : v27-LS0791-M
Status: (S) RLS : 2012-04-12

On March 29, 1973, all U.S. troops withdrew from Vietnam, marking an end of the 10 year United States military involvement. There were no parades honoring the veterans, no triumphant marches or speeches as there had been at the end of each of the World Wars. America's Vietnam veterans returned home to silence, and in some cases, to abuse for having served their country during a controversial war.

This year the U.S. Senate and President Obama designated March 29, 2012 as, Vietnam Veterans Day. It marked the 38th anniversary of the withdrawal of U.S. combat and combat-support unit from Vietnam.

HB 281 would dedicate March 29th of each year as, Vietnam Veterans Day in the State of Alaska to commemorate the military service of American men and women in Vietnam. The day may be observed by suitable observances and exercises by civic groups and the public.

I would appreciate your support for House Bill 281.

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2012-02-20 : 00:29 : [AUDIO] Rep. Thomas Comments on HB 281
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2012-02-20 : 00:28 : [AUDIO] Rep. Herron Comments on HB 281
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