RALEIGH, N.C.- Governor Pat McCrory has declared Saturday, March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day. It is to honor North Carolina's Vietnam War veterans and those who lost their lives in the conflict.
Gov. McCrory released this statement about honoring Vietnam Veterans: "We honor the sacrifice of thousands of North Carolinians who served in and paid the ultimate price in Vietnam," said Governor Pat McCrory. "The Vietnam War came with a high price for our state and country. North Carolina will continue to pursue policies that honor the sacrifices they made in service to the American people."
North Carolina lost 1,609 service men and women in the Vietnam War. There are 43 North Carolinians still listed as "Missing in Action." In total, the United States of America lost more than 58,000 soldiers, the Governor's office is reporting.
It was on March 29, 1973, that the United States Armed Forces completed the withdrawal of combat units and combat support units from South Vietnam.
North Carolina Senator Richard Burr has introduced legislation to the U.S. Senate declaring March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day as a patriotic and national day of observance.