County commissioners proclaim March 29 as Vietnam War Veterans Day in Kent

CHESTERTOWN — The Kent County Commissioners have proclaimed March 29 “each year” as Vietnam War Veterans Day in Kent County.

Commission President Ron Fithian read the following proclamation at the 2024 Vietnam War Veterans Day observance in Chestertown.

WHEREAS, Vietnam War Veterans Day is a day to honor those men and women who have served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, anywhere in the world, between November 1, 1955, and May 15, 1975; and

WHEREAS, those veterans and their loved ones have made significant sacrifices on behalf of our nation and all its citizens in order to defend the principles of liberty and freedom on which our nation was founded; and

WHEREAS, many of those men and women who so bravely and faithfully found themselves caught in the divisive and polarizing debate over the war in Vietnam and were thus treated with disrespect and undeserved abuse; and

WHEREAS, while no words will ever be fully worthy of their service, let us proclaim that is is never too late to pay tribute to those who answered the call of duty with courage, and value; and

WHEREAS, of the names inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. there are five from Kent County, we pledge that their ultimate sacrifice and the sacrifice of their families will never be forgotten.

NOW, therefore, we, the County Commissioners of Kent County, Maryland, do hereby proclaim March 29 each year as “Vietnam War Veterans Day,” in Kent County and request all citizens to observe this day as a day of remembrance of the debt we owe to all those veterans and their families.

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