This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, where more than 58,000 Americans were killed in action and...

Posted by Speaker John Boehner on Monday, June 22, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC – The leaders of the United States Congress will hold a ceremony next month to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.  The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, July 8 at 3:00 pm in Emancipation Hall of the United States Capitol Visitor Center. 

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will take part in the event. 

More than 58,000 Americans were killed in action during the Vietnam War, and more than 153,000 were wounded.  All told, 658 U.S. prisoners of war returned home alive from Southeast Asia, and as of 2014, 1,638 were still unaccounted for.  There are roughly 7.4 million living Vietnam-era veterans.  This ceremony will honor the service, remember the sacrifice, and reflect on the legacy of all who did their part, abroad and on the home front.

Additional details regarding logistics and media credentialing for the ceremony will be released at a later date.