Vietnam War Veterans Day

Micah Ward
2 min readMar 29, 2023

Put your politics aside.

Photo by Ryan Stone on Unsplash

I was surprised to learn that today is Vietnam War Veterans Day. You may be surprised too since it has only existed since 2017. The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 was signed into law by President Donald Trump and established March 29 as a day to honor and remember those who served in the Vietnam War.

Put aside the fact that Trump happened to be president at the moment the law was enacted and was the one to sign it. Would any president refuse to?

I was just a young pup during the Vietnam era, graduating from high school in 1974. So much of the politics of that time escaped my understanding. I came from a family with a fair military tradition but with no member actively in Vietnam. As a young teenager I was more sympathetic toward the soldiers than the protestors and that may have been because I resided in a very rural and conservative part of the south.

With hindsight and the benefit of history I believe we made a huge mistake with our involvement in Vietnam.

But I also think we made a bigger mistake in the way we treated those soldiers when they came home.

You can say that our country has many national embarrassments and that may be true. But one of the biggest was taking out anti-war frustrations on those who served in Vietnam. Our…

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Micah Ward

Micah is a retiree who writes, runs, prays and enjoys craft beer in the rolling hills of central Tennessee. He goes to the ocean when he can.