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Bill to honor Vietnam vets signed by Inslee



HONOR AT HOME: Rep. Norm Johnson, author of a bill to honor Vietnam veterans in Washington state, stands at the state Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Amid a conference room in the state Capitol filled with reporters, photographers, legislators and Vietnam veterans, Gov. Jay Inslee Friday signed a bill introduced by Rep. Norm Johnson that designates March 30 as “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day” in Washington State.

Johnson, R-Yakima, said more than 1,100 service men and women from Washington died in the Vietnam War, including his cousin from Zillah. He noted that those who survived and returned home were not treated kindly.

“They were called war mongers and baby killers, and were spat upon and scorned. This was possibly the cruelest aspect of the Vietnam War,” said Johnson.

House Bill 1319 would not create a legal holiday, bu...

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