50th Anniversary Commemoration Website

A new, expanded website for the government’s official 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemmoration has just gone live. 

Two years ago, Congress enacted a law authorizing the Secretary of Defense to conduct a program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. That program, officially called the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, will coordinate  activities in the federal government, with other state and local governments, and with indiviudals and organizations outside the government. 

The main objective of the commemoration, in the words of the legislation, is to “thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, ” including POWs and MIAs, “for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States and to thank and honor the families of these veterans.”

The Commemoration will consist of a series of national and regional events, as well as educational outreach initiatives. The latter will include traveling museums, regional exhibits, symposia, posters, graphic novels, maps, and other reference materials.

Among other things, the new web site contains an interactive timeline,  as well as information on upcoming programs and activities (none are scheduled as yet).

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