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Governor Issues Proclamation Honoring Vietnam Veterans


Governor Kathy Hochul on Wednesday issued a proclamation declaring March 29, 2023, Vietnam Veterans Day. This proclamation recognizes the service and sacrifice of New York’s Vietnam War Veterans on the 50th anniversary of the date that the final American combat troops departed the Republic of Vietnam. Additionally, Governor Hochul directed landmarks across New York State to be illuminated green, yellow, and red in recognition of Vietnam Veterans Day. The three colors adorn the Vietnam Service Medal earned by U.S. Service Members who served during the Vietnam War. Service members recognized with the medal served on the ground in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand or in the contiguous waters or airspace of these areas.

“Vietnam Veterans deserve the utmost respect and recognition for their immense service to our state and nation,” Governor Hochul said. “In New York, we work each day to ensure that their duty and sacrifice is commended and remembered, and it is my honor to celebrate New York’s 207,000 Vietnam Veterans on this Vietnam Veterans Day.”

New York State Division of Veterans’ Services Director Viviana DeCohen said, “For too long, our Vietnam Veterans were left to fend for themselves without the respect and honor they deserve for their courageous service. I am proud that now and here in New York, we are committed to ensuring that all those who served are seen, commended, and applauded for their outstanding work on behalf of our country. On this Vietnam Veterans Day and every day, we thank them for their service.”

An estimated 207,000 Vietnam War Veterans currently live in New York State, and 4,119 New Yorkers died during the war in defense of this nation and the values for which it stands. Their names are among the 58,276 names listed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. The New York State Vietnam Memorial is located on the Empire State Plaza in Albany.

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