Ohio lawmakers considering honorary day for Vietnam veterans

Ohio lawmakers are considering the designation of March 29 as “Vietnam War Veterans Day.”  However, the proposed legislation to designate the day has caused controversy and mixed emotions for many Vietnam vets.

The director for the state’s American Legion chapter spoke out against the bill on Tuesday and said that while March 29 marks the date in 1973 that the last troops left Vietnam, it is a day that many veterans remember as a “retreat.”

Other veterans testified and said that they thought it was appropriate to simply be honored on Veterans Day.

Ohio’s proposal for an annual day to commemorate Vietnam veterans follows the recent passage of California’s “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.” March 30 was selected by the State of California because some question the historical accuracy of the troop withdrawal date of March 29, 1973.