(WKTV) – Monday is National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
The day marks the anniversary of the departure of the last U.S. combat troops from Vietnam. March 29th was also the day Vietnam War POWs were returned to freedom.
Tom Buono, the president of the local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America, says it’s important to never forget what our troops went through and sacrificed for their country.
“It's like a welcome home day. Every year we reflect back 50 years ago when we did come home and we weren't recognized. Today it's a lot better, it's a lot easier and again we want to remember our 58,000 plus who gave the ultimate sacrifice.”
Congress passed the Vietnam War Recognition Act in 2017, formalizing March 29th as National Vietnam War Veterans Day.