Gov. Haslam declares March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Day

Gov. Haslam declares March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Day

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NASHVILLE (WATE) - Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder have declared Saturday, March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Day to recognize the courage, service and sacrifice of the men and women who served during the Vietnam War.

More than 49,000 Tennesseans served in Southeast Asia from 1961 to 1975. Approximately 6,000 Tennessee troops were wounded in the Vietnam War, while 1,295 Tennessee service members were killed.

Twenty-seven Tennesseans remain missing in action in connection with the war.

Clarksville soldier Staff Sergeant Lawrence Woods was interred at Arlington National Cemetery on March 21, 2014 after being missing in action for 50 years.

In 2008, Tennessee became the first state to proclaim a Vietnam Veterans Day.

Grinder presented the Governor's Vietnam Veterans Day Proclamation to President of the Tennessee State Council Vietnam Veterans of America, Barry Rice, during a United Tennessee Veterans Association event on Monday, March 24 and will present the proclamation to Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter 1073 on March 29 at 11:00 a.m.in Morristown.

Assistant Commissioner Don Smith will present the proclamation at the 2014 National Vietnam Day Celebration at the East Tennessee Veterans Memorial adjacent to Worlds Fair Park in Knoxville on Saturday, March 29 at 10:30 a.m.  Smith also presented the proclamation to Monroe County Vietnam Veterans during a public event hosted by Blue Star Mothers.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Breece presented the proclamation to Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Post 995 President Charlie Chance at an event in Jackson on March 27.

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