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On National Vietnam Veterans Day, we honor those who served in Vietnam

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The country joins together today, March 29, to pay tribute to and express gratitude to the 10 million families of those who served during the Vietnam War and the estimated 7 million living Vietnam Veterans. It is with great sadness that we remember the sacrifices made by these brave men and women in the name of freedom on this National Vietnam Veterans Day.

More than 44 million Americans have served in times of war since the United States’ founding as a result of successive generations answering the call to preserve liberty. Vietnam Veterans’ individual sacrifices and collective service have protected the values embodied in our constitution.

But for many Vietnam veterans, there was unrest and disapproval upon their return home. Many Vietnam Veterans suffered hardships alone and without the support systems present today, in contrast to today, when there is a clearer understanding of the invisible scars of war.

We honor the sacrifices made by these courageous people and their families today. Every name, from the 58,307 that are inscribed on the Wall in Washington, D.C., to the 1,627 that are still regarded as missing in action, tells a tale of bravery and selflessness.

In addition to honoring this day, we also recognize the ongoing contributions that Vietnam Veterans have made to our communities. Their commitment to duty has not wavered, from their time spent in uniform to their roles as leaders and public servants.

Thousands of events are being organized across the nation to celebrate and thank Vietnam Veterans and their families, in recognition of their valiant cause and the significance of showing thanks for their sacrifice and service. We honor and show gratitude to the Vietnam Veterans who return home today and every day.

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