Just as those who came before them and those who serve today, our Vietnam Veterans served their country with honor, courage, and commitment. Join us at the U.S. Naval Undersea Museum on Friday, March 29, at noon to recognize National Vietnam Veterans Day. Naval Base Kitsap Commanding Officer Alan Schrader will read the Presidential Proclamation commemorating the war, and all Vietnam Veterans in attendance will be recognized.

Vietnam Veterans from all branches of service are invited to attend and be recognized. RSVP by e-mailing NUM_Operations@navy.mil or calling 360-396-5548.

Following the veteran recognition, Naval History & Heritage Command Historian John Sherwood, author of War in the Shallows: U.S. Navy Coastal and Riverine Warfare in Vietnam, 1965-1968, will provide an overview of the Navy's operations and activities during the Vietnam War. He will also delve into the operations of the Navy's three inshore task forces from 1965-68, focusing on such themes as basing, technology, tactics, and command and control. Throughout his talk, he will pay homage to the humanity behind the hardware – the Sailors who served on the rivers and coasts of Vietnam.

Vietnam Veteran Norman Johnson will follow Mr. Sherwood with a talk about his participation in the war as a Green Beret in Laos up to 1962. His talk will include insight into the "Operation White Star" mission, which he played a role in during the war.

A reception will follow in the museum lobby.

This event is open to the public. The museum invites regional Sailors and the public to join the event and to say "thank you" to our Vietnam Veterans.