Home   Calendar   Holidays   the United States   National Vietnam War Veterans Day
Flag for USA

National Vietnam War Veterans Day in the United States

March 29 is National Vietnam War Veterans Day in the United States. First observed in 2012, it honors the US military members who served during the Vietnam War (1955-1975).

Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington DC
Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington DC
©iStockphoto.com/DepthofField

Is National Vietnam War Veterans Day a Public Holiday?

The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 establishes the day as a national observance. However, it is not an official holiday in any part of the United States.

Vietnam War Veterans Day Events

All across the United States, commemorative events like wreath-laying ceremonies, speeches, and luncheons are held to mark the occasion. Typical venues include the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC, war veteran medical facilities, and military cemeteries.

First Observed in 2012

Vietnam War Veterans Day was first observed as a one-time occasion on March 29, 2012, when President Barack Obama issued a proclamation calling on “all Americans to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.”

The day was then introduced as an annual event in 2017 when President Donald Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017.

Vietnam War History

Lasting from 1955 to 1975, the Vietnam war engulfed the Southeast Asian country of Vietnam as well as its neighboring countries, Cambodia and Laos. It resulted in several million deaths, most of whom were Vietnamese civilians.

The conflict began during the 1950s when the struggle between the country's communist northern part and the anti-communist south escalated. The United States began its military involvement in an effort to back the South's effort to quell the communist onslaught, which, at the height of the Cold War, was feared to promote the spread of communist ideology and influence worldwide. During the war, about 500,000 US troops were dispatched to Southeast Asia, about 58,000 of whom were killed.

The conflict ended in 1975 with the fall of Saigon and the victory of North Vietnam.

National Vietnam War Veterans Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2012ThuMar 29National Vietnam War Veterans DayObservance 
2017WedMar 29National Vietnam War Veterans DayObservance 
2018ThuMar 29National Vietnam War Veterans DayObservance 
2019FriMar 29National Vietnam War Veterans DayObservance 
2020SunMar 29National Vietnam War Veterans DayObservance 

You might also like

The Hindu deity Rahu.

Solar Eclipse Myths

The solar eclipse has inspired many mythical stories and influenced human behavior. Even today, eclipses of the Sun are considered bad omens in many cultures. more

Watching Lunar Eclipses

A lunar eclipse can be seen with the naked eye, unlike solar eclipses, which have special safety requirements. more

December Solstice Facts

10 things you may not know about the December Solstice, the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. more