A State Day for Vietnam Vets?
By Skyler Srivastava. Published Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
Washington State House of Representatives approved a bill today that would create a "Welcome Home Vietnam Veteran's Day" in the state.
Rep. Norm Johnson (R-Yakima) wrote the bill, saying it is time to give Vietnam Veterans the honor and recognition they deserve. He said they didn't get it when they returned home more than 38 years ago.
The bill would create a day of recognition on March 30 for Washington's Vietnam Veterans.
It would not create a legal holiday, but a day of recognition in which all public state entities would be required to fly the National League of Families' POW/MIA (prisoner of war/missing in action) flag.
Johnson, the former Mayor of Toppenish, said the community lost 13 men to the Vietnam War – a death rate eight times that of the nation and almost 12 times that of Washington state.
The bill now moves to the senate for a vote.