National Vietnam War Veterans Day is March 29 | News
TITUSVILLE – National Vietnam War Veterans Day is March 29.
The Vietnam War was a conflict between the communist government of North Vietnam and its allies, the Viet Cong, in South Vietnam against the government of the Government of South Vietnam and the United States, its main ally. The war lasted from 1954 to 1975 and America entered the war in 1965.
The United States saw a threat to national security interests with the spread of communism and was determined to end it. Protests against the growing role of the United States in the war began with demonstrations in 1964 and grew into a national social movement. Protesters argued that going to war to stop communist expansion was unjustifiable or intervention in a foreign civil war. Additionally, widespread television coverage allowed people to see the violence and damage of the war, giving protesters a moral basis to argue that the war was too devastating to continue to keep American citizens there.
The United States fully withdrew from Vietnam on March 29, 1973, and the war officially ended on April 30, 1975. The Vietnam War had been the longest war the United States had fought in up to that point. in history, and the most controversial. Estimated losses of soldiers and civilians range from 966,000 to 3.812 million. There were approximately 58,318 casualties among American soldiers. A total of 9,087,000 military personnel served on active duty during the Vietnam era, with more than 2,709,000 Americans serving in Vietnam, nearly 10% of the generation. In addition, 7,484 women served in Vietnam, 83.5% of whom were nurses.
Other important days this month, which is Women’s History Month:
• March 3: Anniversary of the Naval Reserve.
• March 4: Hug a GI Day.
• March 5: Seabee’s birthday
• March 13: Daylight saving time begins (in spring).
• March 13: K 9 Veterans Day.
• March 15: Anniversary of the American Legion.
• March 17: Saint Patrick’s Day.
• March 21: Rosie the Riveter Day.
• March 25: Medal of Honor Day.
Charlie Castelluccio, a resident of Titusville, is chaplain for the 28th District Veterans of Foreign Wars in Northwest Pennsylvania and is a member of the Titusville Veterans of Foreign Wars after 5958.