Maine law will honor dead Vietnam War soldiers

Posted April 20, 2011, at 11:21 a.m.
Last modified April 20, 2011, at 11:44 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Gov. Paul LePage has signed into law a bill to honor soldiers who served in the Vietnam War and died.

The legislation signed last Thursday will allow those veterans who left secondary school to serve in the Vietnam War and who died to receive posthumous high school diplomas. The law defines the Vietnam War era as Feb. 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975.

The bill becomes law 90 days after this year’s session ends.

A separate bill, which remains tabled in the House, honors Vietnam veterans in a different way.

It would designate March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Day in the state. March 29 was chosen because it was the date in 1973 that the last 2,500 U.S. ground troops left Vietnam.

 

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