Vietnam Veterans Day March 29

New York State Honors Vietnam Veterans

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PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS: Nearly 35 years ago, on March 29, 1973, the last 2,500 troops were withdrawn from South Vietnam, thus ending military involvement in what is now the longest war in our Nation's history; and

WHEREAS: Due to the unpopularity of this war, the men and women who survived, and the 58,195 brave souls who fought and died, were never given the proper respect and gratitude they deserved for serving their country; and

WHEREAS: Governor David A. Paterson, on May 27, 2008, signed into law a bill authored and introduced by Senator Andrew Lanza and sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblyman Matthew Titone, which designates March 29 every year henceforth as Vietnam Veterans Day in the State of New York; and

WHEREAS: Of the names listed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall, 4,120 are from the Great State of New York. And, too, it’s every American’s duty to express gratitude and remember the sacrifices of our brave men and women, the honored dead as well as the maimed, disabled and emotionally scarred.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Robert J. Duffy, Mayor of the City of Rochester, New York, do hereby proclaim March 29th, 2009 to be:

VIETNAM VETERANS DAY

In Witness Whereof, I Have hereunto set my hand on this 29th day of March in the year 2009.

Signed: Robert J. Duffy  Mayor, Rochester, New York

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 6, 2008
Contact: Nancy Probst (518) 455-3215

SENATOR LANZA ANNOUNCES NEW LAW
COMMEMORATING MARCH 29
AS VIETNAM VETERANS DAY

Senator Lanza is happy to report that: A day to remember with
gratitude, the sacrifice and service of our Vietnam Veterans, in now the
law of the State.

Governor David A. Paterson, on May 27, 2008, signed into law a bill
authored and introduced by Senator Lanza which designates March 29 every
year henceforth as Vietnam Veterans' Day in the State of New York. Chapter
90 of the Laws of New York will recognize the sacrifices of our Vietnam
War Veterans
. Assemblyman Matthew Titone sponsored the bill in the Assembly
and lead the way for its passage there.

Nearly 35 years ago, on March 29, 1973, the last 2,500 troops were
withdrawn from South Vietnam thus ending military involvement in what is
now the longest war in our Nation's history. Due to the unpopularity of
this war, the men and women who survived, and the 58,195 brave souls who
fought and died, were never given the proper respect and gratitude they
deserved for serving their country. Of the names listed on the Vietnam
Memorial Wall, 4,120 are from the Great State of New York.

American soldiers fought in the Vietnam with honor, distinction and
heroism, said Senator Lanza. Despite their military victories on the
field, the war was ultimately lost because of the lack of political and
popular support back home.


The veterans who served bravely in Vietnam were not properly
recognized upon their return, a mistreatment that represents a shameful
chapter in our history, continued Senator Lanza. This law will help the
people of New York to rewrite that wrong and properly memorialize our
gratitude for their service and sacrifice.


I want to again thank Lester Modelowitz (Specialist Fourth Class, US
Army) who served in Vietnam, and all of Staten Islands Vietnam veterans
for their service and leadership with respect to bringing this legislation
forward, said Lanza.

This bill was sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblyman Matthew
Titone. Honoring our nations veterans and remembering those who died in
conflict is an important tradition, and no one can deny the incredible
sacrifices made by our country's men and women who fought bravely in
Vietnam, said Assemblyman Matthew Titone (D-North Shore). Those
veterans, and those who died in the war, deserve to be recognized for
their selfless dedication. In all other wars the men and women who served
in our armed forces were honored both when they went to war and when they
came home, something which was denied those who served in Vietnam. This
legislation helps to right a wrong.

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