The General Assembly passed a bill Thursday designating March 30, the 42nd anniversary of troop withdrawal from the Southeast Asian conflict, as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.
The emergency bill, which passed both Houses unanimously, takes effect immediately because it received more than three-quarters of the votes in both chambers. The measure sets the day aside for special commemorations "in recognition of the service and sacrifice of Vietnam veterans."
The bill was sponsored by Sen. John C. Astle, an Anne Arundel County Democrat who is a Vietnam veteran.
The date has already been set aside to honor Vietnam veterans by the U.S. Congress. Numerous commemorative events are scheduled for that day.