VNW WAR 50th OPENING REMARKS 9/16/16 by Dave Matthews
“Let us tell the story of a generation of service members , every color, every creed, rich, poor, officer and enlisted, who served with just as much patriotism and honor, as any before you. Let’s never forget that most of those who served in Vietnam, did so by choice. So many of you volunteered. Your country was at war, and you said, "send me." That includes our women in Vietnam -- every one of you a volunteer. Those who were drafted, they, too, went and carried their burden -- you served; you did your duty and you did it well.”
The Commemoration’s primary mission, as penned by Congress, is to thank and honor our Vietnam Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the nation. By any standard, this is a noble endeavor for all the right reasons. We will leave discussions and debates over the political or social controversies that occurred 50 years ago to others.
• As authorized by Congress and on behalf of the nation, we are doing what should have been done 50 years ago: thanking and honoring our Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice … just as America did for the veterans of World War II and Korea. • (as of Sep 30, 2015) More than 8,000 local, state and federal organizations have become Commemorative Partners, committed to assisting the nation in thanking and honoring our 7.2 million living Vietnam veterans and the families of all 9 million who served. • (as of Aug 31, 2015) Our Commemorative Partners have thanked and honored more than 471,000 Vietnam veterans and 359,000 families of those who served. Visit vietnamwar50th.com to learn more about the Commemoration and how you can join the nation in this noble mission
The Commemoration honors all Vietnam veterans (Nov. 15, 1955 – may 15,1975) we make no distinction between veterans who served in-country, in-theater, or who were stationed elsewhere during the Vietnam War period. All were called to serve and the overwhelming majority of these veterans served honorably and admirably. God bless Our Vietnam Veterans. Thank you.
Never Forgotten Memorials
Remember The Fallen.