National Vietnam War Veterans Day is approaching fast. President Trump signed a proclamation designating March 29th as National Vietnam War Veterans Day and has called upon all Americans to offer Vietnam Veterans and their families a thank you on behalf of the Nation continuing until 2025 (the 50 year anniversary of the end of the war).
In support of those efforts, many American Legion Posts are planning special events for the end of March. One example is Smithfield Post 49. Smithfield is leading the region in ensuring National Vietnam War Veterans Day is observed and they welcome all from (especially those in the Hampton Roads area) to come out that weekend for two special events:
The Isle of Wight County Museum is offering a program, “Reflecting on Vietnam,” at 11 AM on March 30. Smithfield resident, retired U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Herb De Groft, will be presenting this special program. He served from 1966 to 1967 in Quang Ngai Province on Advisory Team 2 supporting the 2nd ARVN Division with a Marine Air & Naval Gunfire Liaison Company Team. Mr. De Groft will share his war experiences, detail the war’s legacy and discuss some of the misconceptions concerning service in Vietnam. Veterans are encouraged to attend and share their own Vietnam memories. The museum will offer official lapel pins to Vietnam veterans at this event.
On March 31, American Legion Post 49 and the Town of Smithfield will host a dinner and recognition program. The event will begin at 2 PM at the Smithfield Center. The guest speaker will be retired U.S. Army Colonel Tony Nadal, who will talk about the pride of Vietnam service and challenges of service to our country. Attendees will also be asked to share their own reflections. Veterans and their guests are invited to attend this no-cost event. Families who lost a loved one in Vietnam are also welcome to attend so your contribution can be acknowledged. Reservations are requested from all who want to attend and they should call 757-818-0487. Just leave a message with your name, number, and how many will be attending.
Check with your local Post to see what activities they have to mark this special day. Make sure to take lots of pictures and share them with your Post, District and Department.