INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WLFI) — U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly announced on Monday he will host an event to honor and recognize Hoosier Vietnam Veterans.
The special event will take place on March 29 of next year. Donnelly was joined by U.S. Senator John McCain to make the announcement.
McCain was a POW during the Vietnam War as well as the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Donnelly said, “Indiana is home to nearly 150,000 Vietnam War Veterans. On March 29, 2018, I’m hosting an event to recognize Vietnam Veterans from across our state and give them the welcome home with their families that they deserve and should have received when they returned home from serving our country.”
McCain said, “All of us are indebted to the generations of brave Americans who have sacrificed life and limb to preserve our freedom, which is why I’m grateful for Senator Donnelly’s bipartisan legislation with Senator Pat Toomey that officially designates March 29th as National Vietnam War Veterans Day.”
The bipartisan legislation was authored by Donnelly and Republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and permanently designates March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. It was signed into law in March 2017 by President Trump.
The March 29 date is significant for being the day that the last combat troops were ordered out of Vietnam in 1973.