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Md. Senate unanimously approves a Vietnam veteran day

Forty-two years after American troops left Vietnam, the Maryland Senate unanimously voted Monday to designate a day to welcome them home.

The bill would declare March 30, the anniversary of troop withdrawal from the southeast Asian conflict, as "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day." The official recognition would make the day one of 13 commemorative days in Maryland.

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The measure now moves to the House of Delegates. If at least three-fourths of that chamber approves it, it would automatically become law that day. Otherwise, it would go to Gov. Larry Hogan for his signature.

At least five other bills pending in the legislature seek to add days to Maryland's commemorative calendar. Those include days honoring K9 veterans, Thurgood Marshall, South Asian American heritage, as well as days seeking to raise awareness about Alzheimer's disease and creating end-of-life directives.

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