Yesterday, the Illinois Senate followed the lead of the Illinois House by adopting House Joint Resolution 15. HJR 15, filed by State Representative Mike Murphy (R-Springfield), declares November 1, 2019 as Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day in the State of Illinois.
“Most of us know the troubling history that our men and women who served in the Vietnam War at the call of their nation were typically not given the support they deserved upon their return to the United States,” said Murphy. “While we, as a nation, have sought to correct this for those serving in wartime since Vietnam, this declaration that we recognize the service and sacrifice of those who served in Vietnam is the least we can do to honor them.”
As Murphy alluded to, the military personnel who served in World War II, the Korean War and various other conflicts since the Vietnam War have returned home to welcoming celebrations and acknowledgement of their sacrifice. However, the tumultuous political climate of the times during the Vietnam War caused many service members to become the subject of vigorous protests and insults by opponents of the war instead of directing their ire at the policymakers they disagreed with about the war.
To rectify this wrong, HJR 15 declares November 1, 2019 as Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day. In addition, it urges Illinoisans to show support for all Americans who have served their country in the military, as well as calling for the Governor and Secretary of State to lower all flags within their purview to half-staff on November 1.
“I want to thank Vincent Speranza, a constituent from Auburn, who was the impetus behind this declaration. Vincent served our nation during World War II and felt compelled to lead a public effort in Illinois to ensure fellow veterans who served in Vietnam knew that their service was as valuable and appreciated as the service of any other veteran,” concluded Murphy.
State Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Tinley Park) sponsored HJR 15 in the Illinois Senate. For more information about the joint resolution, Click Here.