March 29 was a special day for El Campo Vietnam Veterans and four other area groups. For the first time, members from five local chapters of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) gathered to celebrate National Vietnam War Veteran’s Day. The original idea began two years ago, but the celebration was delayed because of covid. The event was hosted by VVA Chapter 870 of Schulenburg and was held in Ammannsville.

Five years ago, then-President Donald Trump signed into law the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017, designating every March 29 the day to honor the service and sacrifices of Vietnam War veterans. That particular day was chosen since March 29, 1973 was the day the last U.S. combat troops departed Vietnam. During the war, more than 2,700,000 servicemembers were part of the U.S. effort, and over 58,000 lost their lives. Today, there are still more than 1,200 military service members missing in Vietnam.

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