Veterans organizations across America are reminding countrymen that March 29 is National Vietnam Veterans Day. These organizations are promoting the entire month as an opportunity to personally thank and honor Vietnam War veterans and their families.

President Donald Trump signed into law the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017, which established a National Vietnam War Veterans Day that will be observed every March 29.

American Legion posts and Auxiliary units across the country are engaged as partners in the recognition, according to the American Legion magazine.

The Vietnam War Commemoration Committee is coordinating with governors of every state, commonwealths and territories to conduct events on or around the March 29 date.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. — known as “The Wall” — will have a significant role in honoring the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines of that war. The Wall attracts more than 5 million visitors a year.

The Commemorative Partner Program was created to reach each Vietnam War veteran and their families in their communities. Nearly 12,000 partners have committed to conducting local events or activities annually for three years to recognize, thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families. The partners are a mix of local and national businesses, corporations, military organizations, educational institutions, community groups, towns, cities and states. To date, they have conducted more than 17,000 events honoring approximately 5 million Vietnam-era veterans, and more than 41,000 families have received special recognition in memory of their veterans, according to The American Legion Magazine.

The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that the country is losing more than 500 of these veterans per day.

“We must act now to do what should have been done 50 years ago,” wrote Army major general James T. Jackson (Ret.) in The American Legion Magazine. “We must personally thank each of these Vietnam veterans and their families for their service to the nation,” he added.

We concur with the general’s statement. We encourage area citizens and area veterans organizations to join in planning some type of event or activity on or around March 29 in honor of National Vietnam War Veterans Day.