1,000 Ceremonies Honor Vietnam Veterans

Nearly 1,000 ceremonies observed National Vietnam War Veterans Day on March 29 to thank and honor Vietnam veterans, according to Vietnam War Commemoration, including a wreath-laying ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. If you missed the ceremony but still want to #honor #veterans, visit its Facebook page to watch a video of the ceremony, or thank a veteran personally by sending a note, volunteering a local VA hospital or supporting upcoming veterans events in your area. You can also support veterans by #donating to ClothingDonations.org. #NationalVietnamWarVeteransDay

Honoring Service for National Vietnam Veterans Day

West Chester (Pennsylvania) University celebrated National Vietnam War Veterans Day with insights from several local Vietnam War #veterans and the public unveiling of a Vietnam War digital/oral history project. Students in WCU’s History Department conducted 40 interviews with local veterans and collected more than 100 photos and artifacts for the project. “For many of the era’s participants, the war’s aftermath rendered an uncomfortable silence,” says professor Bob Kodosky. “I am proud that our students have provided a means for these individuals to finally share their voices as well as their historical narratives.” #NationalVietnamWarVeteransDay

Thank a Vietnam Veteran for Their Sacrifice

One good reason to observe National Vietnam War Veterans Day this week is to give voice to the serious concerns that many of the Vietnam War’s #veterans face as they age, writes disabled Vietnam War veteran and Florida Veterans Hall of Famer John Stewart in the Citrus County Chronicle. Beyond being shunned for fighting an unpopular war upon their return, Vietnam veterans now suffer from high rates of #suicide, health problems related to Agent Orange exposure and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “Why should we have a National Vietnam Veterans Day? Because [the veterans] deserve it. Period,” he says. “Thank them.” #NationalVietnamWarVeteransDay

Celebrating National Vietnam War Veterans Day

On March 29, #veterans and well-wishers across the country will celebrate National Vietnam War Veterans Day. Established in 2017, the annual holiday is marked on the day the last troops were withdrawn in 1973 — 50 years ago. “Citizens are encouraged to fly the U.S. flag in #honor of those who served in the #Vietnam War as a way to thank the veterans and all those who made sacrifices during one of the longest wars in U.S. history,” says AwarenessDays.com. You can also #thank a veteran personally or attend a local observance honoring the Vietnam veterans in your area. #NationalVietnamWarVeteransDay

Giving Can Be Its Own Reward

Evolutionary theory dictates that gratitude and generosity are linked, Greater Good says, and those who give generously receive in kind and are more likely to survive. So as you begin to shop the #BlackFriday deals online and in person, remember to share some of your good fortune in the spirit of #Thanksgiving. Take some shelf-stable goods or wrapped toys to a holiday drop-off location, #donate a few dollars to your favorite #charity, or schedule a free #donation #pickup of lightly used clothing and household goods to ClothingDonations.org. “Emphasize the giving, and the thanks will follow.”