Vietnam War 50th Commemoration
Congressman Lamb served on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2009-2013 and continues to serve as a Major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. Today, Congressman Lamb is using his personal knowledge and experience to help veterans as a member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee. In this spirit, Congressman Lamb is working to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and honor Vietnam Veterans.
If you are an eligible Vietnam-era Veteran in Pennsylvania's 17th district and are interested in receiving a Lapel Pin, please fill out this form.
The 2008 National Defense Authorization Act authorized a program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War to honor Veterans of the Vietnam War and to highlight the service of the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War. In 2007, the 110th Congress incorporated language in H.R. 4986 authorizing the Secretary of Defense to conduct a program commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration began with the Presidential inaugural event at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. on Memorial Day, May 28, 2012, and concludes on Veterans Day, November 11, 2025, by Presidential Proclamation.
For the purposes of this Commemoration, November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975 is the time period recognized to honor the service and sacrifice of those who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces. November 1, 1955 was selected to coincide with the official designation of Military Assistance Advisory Group-Vietnam (MAAG-V). May 15, 1975 marks the end of the battle precipitated by the seizure of the SS Mayaguez. U.S. involvement in Vietnam started slowly with an initial deployment of advisors in the early 1950s, grew incrementally through the early 1960s, and expanded with the deployment of full combat units in July 1965. The last U.S. personnel were evacuated from Vietnam in April 1975.
The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that today there are 7 million living Vietnam Veterans and 9 million families of those who served in this time frame. The State of Pennsylvania has more than 800,000 living veterans, with more than 250,000 in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Over 296,000 of the 800,000 Pennsylvania veterans served during the Vietnam-Era.