Governor honors Vietnam Veterans on Recognition Day, signs veteran bills

Vietnam Veterans bill signing

Veterans, lawmakers, state and military officials gathered in the Capitol Rotunda Monday for a special ceremony that commemorated Vietnam veterans on Utah’s first-ever Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day.

Gov. Herbert signed a bill creating Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day in 2014.

During the Vietnam War, 388 Utahns lost their lives. Today more than 50,000 Vietnam veterans live in Utah. Several were in attendance Monday when Gov. Gary Herbert signed three bills into law in their honor.

“In spite of the difficulty of war and the disputes over whether or not we should engage, one thing we should have learned — and I think we have learned — is that we should always thank our veterans for their service,” Gov. Herbert said. “They don’t ask why, they just do. They served patriotically and with great commitment.”

Gov. Herbert signed HB275 Highway Designation Amendments, SB214 Veterans Court and SCR6 Concurrent Resolution Supporting Vietnam Veterans.

HB 275 honors Vietnam War veterans with the designation of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway, and SB 214 authorizes the creation of veterans courts statewide.

SCR 6 renews the state’s commitment to honoring Vietnam veterans with a much deserved expression of gratitude.

“I know we cannot thank our veterans enough, but we ought to do something to help. This legislation attempts to do that,” Gov. Herbert said.  “I encourage all Utah residents to express their gratitude and support for the service of those who fought for our country in Vietnam.”

“We appreciate their service and the contributions they continue to make to the state of Utah,” said Gov. Herbert.

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