Illinois Senate Makes March 30th Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 March 2014 12:22

vietnamvetwelcomehomeIt took more that a year but on March 26, 2014 both Illinois Houses voted unanoumously to pass Senate Bill O3 proclaiming March 30th as "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day."  The Governor still needs to sign the bill.  Two of the Representatives that co-authored the bill are Legion members and belong to Aurora Post 84. It's been a long time coming but it's finally here.

 

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, The Vietnam War was fought in Vietnam from 1961 to
1975, and involved North Vietnam and the Viet Cong in conflict
with the United States Armed Forces and South Vietnam; and

WHEREAS, The United States became involved by serving in an
advisory role to the South Vietnamese in 1961; and

WHEREAS, In 1965, United States Armed Forces ground combat
units arrived in Vietnam and by the end of that year there were
80,000 United States troops in Vietnam with a peak of
approximately 500,000 troops in 1969; and

WHEREAS, On January 27, 1973, the Treaty of Paris was
signed, which required the release of all United States
prisoners-of-war held in North Vietnam and the withdrawal of
all United States Armed Forces from South Vietnam; by March 30,
1973, the United States Armed Forces completed the withdrawal
of combat troops from Vietnam; and

WHEREAS, More than 58,000 members of the United States
Armed Forces lost their lives in Vietnam and more than 300,000
members of the Armed Forces were wounded; and

WHEREAS, In 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was
dedicated in Washington, D.C. to commemorate those members of
the United States Armed Forces who died or were declared
missing-in-action in Vietnam; and

WHEREAS, Members of the United States Armed Forces who
served bravely and faithfully for the United States during the
Vietnam War were caught upon their return home in the crossfire
of public debate about the involvement of the United States in
the Vietnam War; and

WHEREAS, March 30th marks the anniversary of the day that
combat and combat support units withdrew completely from South
Vietnam; and

WHEREAS, The Ranking Member of the United States Senate
Committee on Veterans' Affairs introduced Senate Resolution 55
before the 112th Congress, which was agreed to on March 7,
2011, to honor veterans who served in Vietnam by designating
March 30th as "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day"; and

WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois General Assembly
support the United States Senate in the establishment of a
"Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" as an appropriate way to
honor those members of the United States Armed Forces who
served in Vietnam during the Vietnam War; and

WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois General Assembly agree
that March 30 would be an appropriate day to establish "Welcome
Home Vietnam Veterans Day" in the State of Illinois; therefore,
be it

RESOLVED, BY THE SENATE OF THE NINETY-EIGHTH GENERAL
ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
CONCURRING HEREIN, that we proclaim March 30, 2013 and March
30, 2014 as "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" in the State of
Illinois; and be it further

RESOLVED, That all citizens of the State of Illinois are
encouraged to honor our Vietnam Veterans.

 

 

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