COLUMBUS — Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed into law today a proposal designating the day — along with each March 30 — as Vietnam Veterans’ Day.
Supporters said the annual day is set aside to honor those who fought, died or are still unaccounted for in the Vietnam War.
The date had been in flux as lawmakers wrestled with whether they should use March 29 like other states.
Some veterans balked at that proposal. While it’s the anniversary of U.S. forces pulling out of Vietnam, it’s also the date when Lt. William Calley Jr. was convicted in the My Lai massacre of hundreds of Vietnamese civilians.
Among those supporting the March 30 designation is retired Air Force Col. Tom Moe, a Vietnam prisoner of war and director of the state’s veterans services. Moe attended the bill’s signing.