March 29 is now observed as National Vietnam Veterans Day. The 113th Congress enacted and passed a bill, S.409, recognizing the date in 2014.
Passed by the Utah Legislature and signed by the Governor, CR006 expresses strong support for all military personnel who served and sacrificed in the Vietnam War.
The Governor also signed Senate Bill 214, which authorizes the creation of veterans courts statewide.
The third bill, HB 275, designates the existing portions of Interstate 84 located within the state as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway; and requires the Department of Transportation to make the designation of this highway on future state highway maps.
The governor expressed his intentions during an afternoon appearance at the state capitol.
The following is a link to his comments. https://youtu.be/hc4td2jxLYs?t=21m48s
Vietnam Veteran and supporter Bruce Raftery expressed his reaction to the Governor signing the bills and recognizing the veterans who were shunned by most after returning from the unpopular war.
Veterans have been handing out flowers in honor of Vietnam Veterans since February.
Raftery said he and others have received thousands of dollars in donations with the Vietnam Veteran poppies for their Southern Utah chapter. The colors of the poppies represent the colors of the ribbons they received after serving in Vietnam.
Raftery also serves as project manager of the Veterans Judicial Initiative which helps veterans faced with court issues in Washington County.