STATEHOUSE–Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) and State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) commend Gov. Mitch Daniels for proclaiming today, March 30, “Welcome Home Vietnam Veteran’s Day” in honor of Hoosiers who served in the Vietnam War from 1961-1975.
During the 2012 legislative session, Rep. Smith joined Merritt in sponsoring Senate Concurrent Resolution 34, urging the governor to establish March 30 as “Welcome Home Vietnam Veteran’s Day.”
“We can never give enough thanks to those who have fought to protect our freedoms. Even though it’s been 36 years since our last group of Vietnam veterans returned home, I want to express my sincerest appreciation for all the sacrifices they made. Their bravery and courageous service in Vietnam helped preserve the freedoms that all Hoosiers continue to enjoy today,” said Rep. Smith.
This proclamation serves as a reminder to Hoosiers that more than 1,532 Indiana soldiers lost their lives and 300,000 were wounded during the Vietnam War.
“Recognizing ‘Welcome Home Vietnam Veteran’s Day’ is a great way to pay homage to those who served during a difficult time in our country’s history,” Merritt said. “Many veterans endured great scrutiny for their service, so it’s only fitting that we honor these Vietnam soldiers now, crediting them for the great sacrifices they made for our families, state and nation.”
“I am pleased that the governor has set aside this day to honor our brave soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War,” said Rep. Smith.