March 29, 2013

WHEREAS, the United States was involved in the Vietnam War from 1961-1975; and

WHEREAS,more than 3,009,000 Americans served in Southeast Asia, with more than 58,000 Americans losing their lives and more than 304,000 wounded, defending our nation’s freedom and honor; and

WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina has 1,609 names listed on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC; and

WHEREAS, 43 North Carolinians are still listed as “Missing in Action” in Southeast Asia; and

WHEREAS, on this day and throughout the year, the State of North Carolina honors our Vietnam Veterans for their courage and sacrifice when called, and we recognize and remember with gratitude those who gave their lives; and

WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina joins our nation in celebrating “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day;”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAT McCRORY, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim March 29, 2013, as “VIETNAM VETERANS DAY” in North Carolina and commend its observance to all citizens.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in Raleigh this nineteenth day of March in the year of our Lord two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.