OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington State House of Representatives approved a bill Wednesday that would create a "Welcome Home Vietnam Veteran's Day" in the state.
Rep. Norm Johnson, R-Yakima, wrote the bill and said it is time to give Vietnam Veterans the honor and recognition they deserve, and didn't get when they returned home over 38 years ago.
The bill would create a day of recognition on March 30 for Washington's Vietnam Veterans. It would not create a legal holiday, but a day of recognition in while all public entities in the state would be required to fly the National League of Families' POW/MIA (prisoner of war/missing in action) flag.
Johnson, the former mayor of Toppenish, said the community lost 13 men to the Vietnam War – a death rate eight times that of the nation and almost 12 times that of Washington state.