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WHEREAS, the United States of America was founded upon the ideals of freedom and democracy, and has long relied upon the men and women of our Armed Forces to ensure that these principles are preserved for future generations to enjoy; and

WHEREAS, the Vietnam War was the first war in American history to use the helicopter as the primary means of movement and support of combat troops, thus the Vietnam War was called the ‘Helicopter War;’ and

WHEREAS, between 1961 and 1975, during the war in Vietnam, America experienced the loss of more than 58,000 lives with more than 9 percent of those attributed to the loss of helicopter pilots, crew and passengers; and

WHEREAS, due to the nature of the terrain and combat tactics of the opposing forces, the helicopter and its crew served as the workhorse for the combat assault, resupply, medical evacuation, close air support, command and control, rescue and night illumination missions; and

WHEREAS, the helicopter became the iconic symbol of the Vietnam War and young aviators from all five military services performed combat missions under difficult and dangerous conditions with rotary wing aircraft and these American heroes served as Medivac crews, and evacuated and treated more than 870,000 individuals during the war; and

WHEREAS, we express our deepest gratitude for these American heroes who selflessly served our country and recognize the families, friends and communities impacted by the loss of these brave soldiers and we re-affirm our dedication to showing a generation of veterans the respect and support of a grateful nation and state; and

WHEREAS, April 18, 2018 has been designated as a day to honor the memory of the helicopter pilots and crew members who gave the full measure of devotion to their nation in the Vietnam War through the dedication of a memorial stone at Arlington National Cemetery;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim  April 18, 2018 as a day in honor of

 Vietnam Helicopter Pilots and Crew Members

 

 Proclamation Seal Only                         Signatures of Governor Brian Sandoval & Barbara Cegaske