50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration

One group of Veterans richly deserving of our thanks and appreciation are those who served in the Vietnam War. The 2008 National Defense Authorization Act (Public Law 110-181 SEC. 598) authorized the Secretary of Defense to conduct a program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and the Defense Department has begun a project to pay tribute to the nation’s Vietnam War Veterans. “It was a very important time period for veterans, because most Vietnam veterans as a whole never received the homecoming that our troops receive now,” said Army Lt. Col. Hunter Holliday, public affairs officer for the commemoration. At the center of the project is a website, “50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration,” at www.vietnamwar50th.com, which will serve as a clearinghouse for information on commemoration activities once it is fully functional, a milestone expected this spring. Information gleaned from the website is expected to be used for myriad purposes, such as to chronicle facts, provide educational materials, and offer resources for a commemorative partners program, Colonel Holliday said. The partners program will comprise guidance and materials for agencies, Veterans groups, and local government and nongovernment organizations to conduct their own Vietnam War commemoration activities. The website is expected to play a major role in the campaign, said Jeff Wilson, who handles marketing for the project, noting it will be highly interactive and will include content on historical events, a timeline, photos, documents, video and audio. A calendar will list major Defense-sponsored events.  For more information, please see: www.retirees.af.mil/news/stroy.asp?id=123239168.

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