(JEFFERSON CITY) – Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson participated in a ceremony at the state capitol for Vietnam Veterans Day, a day set aside by the Missouri Legislature to honor those who served in the Vietnam conflict. Also participating were Speaker of the House Todd Richardson, Senator Wayne Wallingford, and State Representative Paul Fitzwater.
“From 1961 to 1975, over 152,000 Missouri soldiers were sent to help stop the spread of communism in the Republic of South Vietnam, with 1,418 making the ultimate sacrifice and four receiving the Medal of Honor,” said Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson. “Although the sacrifice made by Vietnam veterans and their families cannot be repaid, by honoring them, we are making sure they will never be forgotten,” said Parson.
“The people of our state are working hard to honor our Vietnam veterans in both the public and private sector,” said Parson. Currently, there are two resolutions in the Missouri House and Senate (HCR 35 & SCR 18) that urge the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency to prioritize the cases of 15 Missouri soldiers still unaccounted for from Vietnam. The community of Perryville recently broke ground on the Missouri National Veterans Memorial, which will include an exact replica of the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.
Lieutenant Governor Parson also encouraged Missourians to remember and commemorate the service of Vietnam Veterans. “This is a day we can take time and give these servicemen the gratitude they have always deserved,” said Parson.