Vietnam Veterans of America Southern Utah Chapter 961 held a National Vietnam War Veterans Day ceremony March 29, commemorating the day when the last U.S. troops were evacuated from the Vietnam. More than 180 veterans attended the event, held at the Southern Utah Veterans Home in Ivins, Utah.
Earlier in the month, St. George Mayor Jon Pike declared March 29 to be “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day,” signing an official proclamation and presenting it to Daughters of the American Revolution Regent Valerie King. The proclamation urges all “to honor those who had served and to extend gratitude and appreciation to both them and their families.”
Ivins Mayor Chris Hart said the he hoped everyone would stand to honor veterans on March 29 and recognize the duty they fulfilled to their country. “You are heroic figures for having done so,” he said. “I personally salute you and I know that all of our friends that are gathered here today have that same feeling in their heart as well. Thank you. God bless you.”
Bruce Raftery, public information officer for Chapter 961, told the St. George News that he hopes events like these will let his fellow servicemen know to they are welcome to join in supporting one another. “It’s been, and may still be hard to, share your story, but you’re not a victim for doing so,” he said. “You’re a survivor, setting the world on fire with your truth.”