OLYMPIA, Wash . — A bill to create a “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day” in Washington state, sponsored by Rep. Norm Johnson, R-Yakima, received unanimous approval in the House of Representatives on Wednesday.
“We need to realize that these young men and young women who were called to Vietnam didn’t go because they necessarily wanted to go,” said Johnson in a news release. “They went to serve this great nation of ours.”
House Bill 1319 would create a day of recognition, but not a legal holiday, on March 30 for the state’s Vietnam veterans. On that day every year, all of the state’s public entities would be required to fly the National League of Families’ Prisoner of War and Missing in Action flag outside their offices.
There were more than 1,000 men and women from the state who either died or went missing in action in Vietnam from 1963 to 1975, according to the Legislature’s website. Their names remain engraved on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the Capitol campus in Olympia that was first dedicated in 1982.
The bill, which passed the House by a vote of 97-0, will now be considered in the Senate.