Vietnam Peace Accord of 1973 Observance

January 17, 2023 - The Paris Peace Accord ending the Vietnam War was signed on January 27, 1973 and was followed by the withdrawal of the remaining American troops. The terms of the accord called for a complete ceasefire in South Vietnam, allowed North Vietnamese forces to retain the territory they had captured, release of US prisoners of war, and called for both sides to find a political solution to the conflict.

On March 29, 1973 the last US military unit left Vietnam. More than 58,000 Americans gave their lives in the Vietnam War and there are still 1,581 missing in action.

In observance of the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Accord, Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary will host a Memorial Observance for those who served in the Vietnam War. A wreath laying will take place at 10am, Friday, January 27th, 2023 at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the 1885 Historic Shelby County Courthouse.

The eleven Shelby County Veterans who were killed in action during the Vietnam War will be remembered. As always, the public is cordially invited. 

About the VFW: The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation's largest and oldest major war veterans organization. Founded in 1899, the congressionally chartered VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With more than 1.5 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in nearly 6,000 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans service organization is proud to proclaim “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs. For more information or to join, contact Post Quartermaster Larry Hume, 936-332-0349.