President and Mrs. Nixon attended the first annual Vietnam Veterans' Day ceremony at Fort McNair,?
President and Mrs. Nixon attended the first annual Vietnam Veterans' Day ceremony at Fort McNair, Virginia on Friday (29 March). The President called the Vietnam War "a good and honourable cause" for the United States, declaring the sacrifices of American troops paved the way for detente and generations of world peace. The President spoke of the United States' role in seeking world peace:
Also at the National War College ceremony, was South Vietnam's ambassador to the United States Tran Kim Phuong, who read a message from his President. In his message, President Nguyen Van Thieu expressed South Vietnam's thanks to the United States:
While President Nixon attended the ceremony honouring the War veterans, groups of ex-servicemen demonstrated elsewhere, protesting against what they claimed to be a lack of financial assistance from the government-run Veterans Administration -- the organisation responsible for their welfare.