On Tuesday, President Trump signed into law the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017, which designates March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day and calls for the U.S. flag to be flown to honor those who served in the war. Naturally, leftists responded with hate.
“Tonight I’m proud to sign S. 305, which encourages the display of the U.S. flag on National Vietnam War Veterans Day tomorrow, March 29th,” the president said on Twitter.
Tonight I'm proud to sign S. 305, which encourages the display of the U.S. flag on National Vietnam War Veterans Day tomorrow, March 29th. pic.twitter.com/IetZyMD4F9
— President Trump (@POTUS) March 29, 2017
Here’s just some responses left by Trump-haters:
hope your bone spurs won't prohibit you from attending any events.
— bob clendenin (@bobclendenin) March 29, 2017
.@POTUS Isn't that the war you FAKED heel spurs to avoid?
— Tommy Campbell (@MrTommyCampbell) March 29, 2017
feeling guilty for being a draft dodger???
— anton newcombe (@antonnewcombe) March 29, 2017
You get the idea.
The Olean Times Herald reported:
When U.S. veterans returned home from serving in Vietnam, many were spat on and called filthy names.
Yes, they were — I know because I saw it happen firsthand. Sadly, those who spit on our troops returning from that awful war are the same types now attacking Trump for recognizing their service.
The report continues:
More than 40 years later, veterans near and far will be recognized for their military service as part of National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., co-introduced legislation to honor Vietnam veterans on March 29 each year on what is the anniversary when combat and combat support units withdrew from South Vietnam in 1973. The measure, expected to get President Donald Trump’s signature soon, passed in the House of Representatives March 21 and in the Senate Feb. 3.
“Some of them were actually treated quite poorly,” Toomey said. “And that was a tragic period in our history driven by people’s perceptions of the war. Fortunately, that, I think, is behind us now. And I hope and I believe we’ve gotten to a place where the American people realize how much we really should be grateful to the men and the women who served this country in Vietnam during that very, very difficult time.”
A report at WITF/York Daily Record highlights one Vietnam veteran whose work paid off with Trump’s signature:
As he turned 19 in Vietnam, Army Sgt. Harold Redding’s thoughts drifted from finishing his tour and going home to Spring Grove to what if he didn’t survive the war.
He said he asked himself, “Who would remember me?”
Redding did make it through the war, and for more than the past two years has worked, lobbied and campaigned for a national day to specifically remember Vietnam War veterans, living and dead.
While there are Vietnam War memorials in Washington D.C. and throughout the states, including here in York, there is no day on which those war veterans are remembered and honored for their service in Vietnam.
Monday, Redding joined Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., in a teleconference call. Toomey, who sponsored a bill prompted by Redding’s efforts, said the bill had made it through Congress and is waiting only for a presidential signature.
Although some American troops remained in Vietnam until the fall of Saigon, the last combat soldiers choppered out on March 29, 1973.
If Toomey’s bill is signed by President Trump, March 29 of each year will be designated as Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day…
To Sgt. Redding and all those who served in Vietnam: God bless you, and thank you for your service. You will never be forgotten.
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