Mar 28, 2017 Voices Of Montana 0 comment

Montana Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day, March 30, 2017.

In 2011 the 62nd Montana Legislature enacted into law House Bill 255, entitled. “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day”.

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The act established that annually on March 30th that Montana should recognize and thank a Vietnam Veterans with appropriate tributes.

This date was chosen based on the language of the 1973 Vietnam Peace Accords, in where the United States agreed to remove the remaining military units from the Republic of Vietnam within 60 days.

Approximately 5500 personnel remained in Vietnam on March 29th, 1973. Based on travel, March 30th was the arrival date in the United States.

Montana state/community level events are encouraged to recognize the many who have served in the Republic of  Vietnam from 1959-1975.

Two-hundred sixty-eight Montana men paid the ultimate sacrifice either killed in-action (KIA) or died from non-hostile causes during that period.

Currently there are approximately 34,181 Vietnam men and women veterans that call Montana home. This as of September 2016. This number includes veterans who have moved here after the close of the war.

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Twenty two Montanans were recognized as prisoner of war (POW) and/or missing in action (MIA) Today five of our POW/MIA’s has been returned home and efforts to locate and return the remainder continue.

A program is scheduled for the Montana State Capital Complex on March 30th, 2017. This program will include a Veterans Honor Walk around the Capital Complex followed by a Ceremony at the Freedom Tree.

Dr Richard Fox, PhD, a Vietnam Veteran with two tour of duties and a noted historian is the keynote speaker.

Come and help us recognize these American Heroes.

Jon Arneson