On March 29, the country will come together to celebrate National Vietnam War Veterans Day. March 29 is the date on which, in 1973, the last troops in Vietnam were withdrawn and the POWs in North Vietnam returned to the U.S.
Maine Veterans’ Homes salutes our veterans this March 29 - and every day. If you’re interested in commemorating the day, you may be interested in attending the state’s memorial service.
Visit the state capitol in Augusta on March 29 from 1-4 p.m. to take part in a special remembrance ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War. Speakers, veterans and state legislators will be in attendance.
Maine Veterans’ Homes and The Wall That Heals
Last summer, residents of our Augusta home visited “The Wall that Heals” when it made a stop in Gardiner, Maine. This traveling reproduction of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington, D.C. is made possible by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.
The Wall that Heals is a three-quarter scale mobile replica that has been displayed at almost 600 communities in the U.S. since its unveiling in 1996. The replica also features a mobile education center with photos, displays and information to help teach visitors about the Vietnam War and its legacy.
During the MVH visit, volunteers presented each of our 30 veterans who made the trip with a 50-year pin. Several of the other visitors came over to shake hands and thank them for their service.
Just like visitors to the permanent wall in Washington, D.C. do, one of our residents found a name of his friend on the wall and did a rubbing of the etching.
See our photos from the trip in the video below.
History of National Vietnam War Veterans Day
The Vietnam War shaped the 20th century in enduring ways. It was a backdrop to other key events - like the 1969 moon landing, Watergate and the larger Cold War. And it was the longest war in our nation’s history until the war in Afghanistan.
President Nixon first declared March 29 Vietnam Veterans Day in 1974. Since then, many other states have followed suit with their own legislation. In Maine, the day is officially called Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Day.
In November 2017, President Trump signed the commemoration of the day into law as part of the country’s recognition of the Vietnam War.
More American Tributes to Vietnam Veterans
Outside of Maine, there are plenty of other places to learn about and pay respects to Vietnam veterans.
One of the most iconic of these is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The memorial is located on the Mall, near the Lincoln Memorial, and was completed in 1982.
The memorial is made of black granite, shaped like an L and stretching 200 feet on each side. In total, the names of more than 58,000 fallen soldiers are inscribed on the wall.
The site also includes the Three Servicemen statue, the Vietnam Women’s Memorial statue and the In Memory plaque.
In Weatherford, Texas, you’ll find the construction site for the National Vietnam War Museum, the first of its kind in the country. When completed, the museum will house indoor and outdoor displays with exhibits such as Vietnam War Chronology, the Home Front, the Cold War and more.
According to a video on the museum website, it "will provide guests the unique opportunity to begin to clear up the misconceptions that have arisen about the Vietnam War.”
Maine Veterans’ Homes Honors Veterans Every Day
At each of our six locations through Maine, we respect, honor and serve all of our veterans as they have served us. We care for veterans the way they deserve because many of our employees - and all members of our board of trustees - are veterans themselves.
At Maine Veterans’ Homes, we are proud to be a home for many residents who are veterans of the Vietnam War. Learn more about all of our veterans and read their stories here.
More About Maine Veterans’ Homes
We provide assisted living, short and long term care, rehabilitation services and memory care at each of our six locations throughout Maine. Veterans, spouses and Gold Star parents may all be eligible.
To learn more about MVH and see if you or a loved one is eligible, download your free eligiblity packet today. You’ll find out about the benefits you could receive and get all the information you need to apply.