Senate resolution expressing support for designation of a welcome home vietnam veterans day



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State of Arkansas

88th General Assembly

Regular Session, 2011 SR 39
By: Senator Laverty

By: Representative King



SENATE RESOLUTION

EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR DESIGNATION OF A WELCOME HOME VIETNAM VETERANS DAY.



Subtitle

EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR DESIGNATION OF A WELCOME HOME VIETNAM VETERANS DAY.



BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE EIGHTY-EIGHTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS:
WHEREAS, the Vietnam War was fought in the Republic of Vietnam from 1961 to 1975, and involved Vietnam People's Army and Viet Cong guerrilla forces in armed conflict with United States Armed Forces and the Army of the Republic of Vietnam; and

WHEREAS, the United States Armed Forces became involved in Vietnam because the United States government wanted to provide direct military support to the government of South Vietnam to defend itself against the growing Communist threat from North Vietnam; and

WHEREAS, members of the United States Armed Forces began serving in an advisory role to the government of the Republic of Vietnam in 1961; and

WHEREAS, as a result of the Gulf of Tonkin incidents on August 2 and 4, 1964, Congress overwhelmingly passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution (Public Law 88-408), on August 7, 1964, which provided the authority to the President of the United States to prosecute the war against North Vietnam; and

WHEREAS, in 1965, United States Armed Forces ground combat units arrived in Vietnam; and

WHEREAS, by the end of 1965, there were one hundred eighty-four thousand (184,000) United States troops in Vietnam, and by 1969, a peak of approximately five hundred forty-three thousand (543,000) troops was reached; and

WHEREAS, on January 27, 1973, the Paris Peace Accords were signed, which required the release of all United States prisoners-of-war held in North Vietnam and the withdrawal of all United States Armed Forces from South Vietnam; and

WHEREAS, on March 30, 1973, the United States Armed Forces completed the withdrawal of combat units and combat support units from South Vietnam; and

WHEREAS, on April 30, 1975, North Vietnamese regular forces captured Saigon, the capitol of South Vietnam, effectively placing South Vietnam under Communist control; and

WHEREAS, more than fifty-eight thousand (58,000) members of the United States Armed Forces lost their lives in Vietnam and more than three hundred thousand (300,000) members of the Armed Forces were wounded; and

WHEREAS, in 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in the District of Columbia to commemorate those members of the United States Armed Forces who died or were declared missing-in-action in Vietnam; and

WHEREAS, the Vietnam War was an extremely divisive issue among the people of the United States and a conflict that caused a generation of veterans to wait too long for the United States public to acknowledge and honor the efforts and services of such veterans; and


WHEREAS, members of the United States Armed Forces who served bravely and faithfully for the United States during the Vietnam War were often wrongly criticized for the policy decisions made by four (4) presidential administrations in the United States; and


WHEREAS, the establishment of a `Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day' would be an appropriate way to honor those members of the United States Armed Forces who served in South Vietnam and throughout Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War; and

WHEREAS, March 30, 2011, would be an appropriate day to establish as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day,
NOW THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE EIGHTY-EIGHTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS:


THAT the Senate honors and recognizes the contributions of veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces in Vietnam during war and during peace and proclaims March 30, 2011, as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day; and
THAT the Senate encourages the people of Arkansas to observe Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day with appropriate ceremonies and activities that provide the appreciation Vietnam War veterans deserve but did not receive upon returning home from the war; to demonstrate the resolve that never again shall the state disregard and denigrate a generation of veterans; to promote awareness of the faithful service and contributions of such veterans during their military service as well as to their communities since returning home; to promote awareness of the importance of entire communities empowering veterans and the families of veterans to readjust to civilian life after military service; and to promote opportunities for such veterans to assist younger veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in rehabilitation from wounds, both seen and unseen, and to support the reintegration of younger veterans into civilian life.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT upon adoption of this resolution, an appropriate copy shall be provided to the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Organization by the Secretary of the Senate.


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