Washington, D.C.— House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) released the following statement upon the signing of the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 (S. 305) into law by President Donald J. Trump.

Chairman Goodlatte: “Our country’s veterans deserve our gratitude and respect for the sacrifices they made in defense of democracy.

“Displaying the American flag on National Vietnam War Veterans Day is something we all can do to show our Vietnam veterans our appreciation for their service. These veterans were willing to fight in defense of their flag in a far off part of the world, and it is fitting we show our support for them here at home in this manner.

“On March 29th this year and every year, I hope that all Americans fly the flag and take time to remember the Americans who fought in the Vietnam War.”

Background: Passed unanimously in the House and Senate, the bill designates that citizens should be encouraged to fly the American flag on National Vietnam War Veterans Day, which is celebrated on March 29th every year, which is the date in 1973 when the last combat troops were withdrawn from Vietnam.