Program Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War
August 9, 2018
In Accordance With Public Law 110-181 SEC.598 the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act
authorized the Secretary of Defense to conduct a program to commemorate the 50th anniversary
of the Vietnam War and "in conducting the commemorative program, the Secretary shall
coordinate, support, and facilitate other programs and activities of the Federal Government, State
and local governments, and other persons and organizations in commemoration of the Vietnam

The Secretary of Defense shall determine the schedule of major events and priority of efforts for
the commemorative program, in order to ensure achievement of the objectives specified in Law.

The commemorative program will include activities and ceremonies to achieve the following
To thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, including personnel who were
held as prisoners of war (POW), or listed as missing in action (MIA), for their
service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States and to thank and honor the
families of these veterans.

To highlight the service of the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War and the
contributions of Federal agencies and governmental and non-governmental
organizations that served with, or in support of, the Armed Forces.

To pay tribute to the contributions made on the home front by the people of the
United States during the Vietnam War.

To highlight the advances in technology, science, and medicine related to military
research conducted during the Vietnam War.

To recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by the allies of the United
States during the Vietnam War.
As such, a commemorative lapel pin and thank you proclamation will be presented to all SAMOA members who served on active duty in
the Armed Forces of the United States between November 1, 1955 and May 15, 1975, at the August General Meeting