OLYMPIA - State lawmakers today officially paid tribute to the sacrifices of millions of American servicemen and women who served during the Vietnam War.
Senate Resolution 8643, sponsored by Sen. Steve Conway, D-South Tacoma, recognizes the divisive nature of the war, the polarizing effect it had on society at the time and the often unfair public criticism directed at soldiers when they returned home.
"There is an awakening in the land about the Vietnam War and its meaning. It humbles me to offer this resolution that affords these brave men and women the long overdue message that all soldiers should expect: Welcome home,” said Conway. "Countless men and women served with valor and distinction in a war that was not of their making and came home to a country that, in many cases, blamed them for what was happening half a world away. That must never happen again."
Conway said his hope is that the resolution will help the healing process for those who served in Vietnam and extend long-deserved recognition in a similar vein to war memorials in Olympia, Washington D.C. and other cities across the country.
Friday also saw Gov. Jay Inslee sign HB 1319 into law, officially recognizing March 30th as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day and requiring that the National League of Families' POW/MIA flag be flown by public entities on that date. The bill passed the House and Senate with unanimous support.
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For more information: Ian Cope, Senate Democratic Caucus, 360-786-7535
For interviews: Sen. Steve Conway, 360-786-7656