Washington, D.C.— House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) released the following statement upon House Judiciary Committee approval of the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 (S. 305) by voice vote.

Chairman Goodlatte: “Our Vietnam veterans sacrificed so much for the cause of freedom, and they deserve recognition for their service. Our American flag is one of the greatest symbols of liberty and democracy around the world, and displaying the flag from our homes, businesses and government buildings is one important way to honor those who served in the Vietnam War.

“Our Vietnam veterans deserve our respect and gratitude, and I hope all Americans take time to remember their service on March 29th this year and every year.”

Background: Passed by the U.S. 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Veterans Day, which is celebrated on March 29th every year, which is the date in 1973 when the last combat troops were withdrawn from Vietnam.