Washington DC, 30 March 2023 (TDI): On National Vietnam War Veterans Day, Vice President of the United States (US), Kamala Harris issued a statement in which she expressed gratitude and appreciation for the sacrifices made by heroes who served in the Vietnam War.
On this National Vietnam War Veterans Day, we honor and thank Vietnam veterans, their families, and survivors who sacrificed so much in defense of freedom.
Our nation is forever grateful for your unwavering service and dedication.
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) March 29, 2023
“The Vietnam War was a pivotal moment in American history, one that left an indelible mark on our nation and its people,” said Kamala Harris.
“Many of those who fought in the war did so at great personal risk, leaving their families and loved ones behind to serve their country. Some made the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives in service to the US,” she further added.
Vice President Harris expressed the nation’s gratitude for these sacrifices acknowledging the unwavering service and dedication of the people.
Likewise, she recognized the tremendous impact that the Vietnam War had on the lives of those who served, as well as their families and loved ones.
Harris also underscored the challenges that many veterans faced upon their return home, and recommitted to supporting them and their families in any way that the US government can.
“Despite the challenges and hardships they faced, the men and women who served in the Vietnam War showed courage and resilience in the face of adversity, and their sacrifices helped to secure the freedoms that we enjoy today,” noted Vice President Harris.
The Vice President’s statement serves as a powerful reminder of the appreciation owed to those who served the country, on this National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
The occasion calls for a moment of reflection on the sacrifices made by these heroes and for honoring their selfless devotion to the US.
About the Vietnam War
For the record, the Vietnam War was a conflict that took place from 1955 to 1975 in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia in which the US became involved to stop the spread of communism.
The war began as a civil war between North and South Vietnam but quickly became an international conflict when the US intervened to support South Vietnam.
To mention, the war was fought by American troops and South Vietnamese soldiers against the North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong, a guerrilla group. The war ended with the fall of Saigon to North Vietnamese forces in 1975.
Notably, the war was highly controversial, and many Americans opposed it due to its high casualties, its impact on Vietnamese civilians, and the political and social turmoil it caused in the US.
Approximately 2.7 million American soldiers served in Vietnam, and over 58,000 lost their lives. Veterans returning home from the war faced a difficult transition, as many were not welcomed back and faced hostility from antiwar protesters.
The government also did not adequately provide for their medical and psychological needs, leading to the creation of organizations dedicated to supporting Vietnam War veterans.
Today, the sacrifices and service of these veterans are remembered and honored on National Vietnam War Veterans Day.