National Vietnam War Veterans Day Message
America’s Vietnam War veterans are some of the finest examples of the American spirit and citizenship in our history.
When asked to join their countrymen and defend the principles of freedom and liberty abroad, they answered the call to serve. Many volunteered to join America’s military, others were drafted. No matter how they were asked to answer the call, they answered.
They faced constant challenges – shifting landscapes, volatile weather, and an unpredictable threat. Battles could last from hours to weeks. Hard-won territory could change hands in a matter of moments.
Nonetheless, America’s courageous sons and daughters in uniform persevered.
But the difficulties they faced during the Vietnam War did not end when they returned home.
They were blamed for a war they did not start, ridiculed when they should have been celebrated. Many were never given a simple, but important, acknowledgment of their military service.
Now, more than 50 years later, we have had the benefit of time to appreciate, celebrate, and honor the selfless service and sacrifice of thousands of Americans during the Vietnam War. We owe them a great debt of gratitude.
Thank you for your service, Vietnam Veterans.
Thank you for putting your life on the line for our country in the fight for the liberties and freedoms of others.
Thank you for your personal sacrifice in a time of great uncertainty.
You reminded Americans of what it meant to serve, what it meant to answer the call of your country. You became leaders, paving the way for future generations of American servicemembers.
You cared for each other and those who followed in your footsteps. You ensured all who serve in our nation’s military will be treated with the respect and gratitude they are due.
The State of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Veterans Service will never forget your bravery, your dedication, and your sacrifice.
While we cannot celebrate your service together in person this year due to the outbreak of COVID-19, we are here to honor you.
As part of the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration Program, all Vietnam era veterans in Georgia are encouraged to request a personalized Vietnam War Certificate of Honor in recognition of their service. Veterans interested in applying for a certificate can find additional information at https://veterans.georgia.gov/vietnam.
Thank you for your service, Vietnam veterans.
May God bless you, your families, and the United States of America.
- Mike Roby, Commissioner
Georgia Department of Veterans Service