November 1, 2019 is on its way to being designated Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day in Illinois, thanks to a resolution spearheaded by State Representative Mike Murphy (R-Springfield). Murphy this week won unanimous House passage of House Joint Resolution 15 which designates November 1st of this year as a day to remember and honor the service of Illinoisans who served in the war in Vietnam.
“These are heroes who sacrificed for our Country and our communities. Some didn’t return, and many who did were not afforded the heroes’ welcome they deserved. We need to correct that,” Rep. Murphy said.
Nearly 3,000 Illinoisans were killed or listed as missing in action during the Vietnam War. Some who returned were insulted, berated and even spat upon by fellow Americans who opposed the war. HJR 15 officially states our enduring gratitude for their service and sacrifice and instructs that flags will be lowered to half-staff on November 1st throughout Illinois as a sign of respect. Passage of the resolution was championed by Vincent J. Speranza of Auburn, a decorated World War II Veteran.
“Vincent has worked tirelessly to see that all those who served honorably are treated with the respect and gratitude they deserve. He’s a wonderful American and Illinoisan, and I am honored to work with him on this resolution,” Representative Murphy said.
HJR 15 now moves to the Senate for concurrence.