Bill To Honor Service of Vietnam Vets Passes House
ST. PAUL, MN – Today the Minnesota House of Representatives voted unanimously to approve a bill (HF1400) establishing June 13, 2009 “Honoring All Vietnam Era Veterans Day” in Minnesota. The bill, proposed by State Rep. Jeremy Kalin (DFL – Chisago County) and Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie now awaits the signature of Governor Tim Pawlenty.
“More than 1,000 Minnesota servicemembers paid the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam. Thousands more who came home didn’t get a ticker tape parade; they weren’t welcomed home by marching bands or open arms, and they weren’t thanked properly for their service to our country” said Rep. Kalin. “It’s time to say thank you. It’s time to honor their service and recognize their sacrifice.”
When the bill becomes law, a day of honor and remembrance will take place June 13, 2009 on the mall at the Minnesota State Capitol recognizing the service and sacrifice of all Minnesota Vietnam Veterans.