The Ohio House of Representatives today unanimously passed House Concurrent Resolution 15 in efforts to commemorate the Fortieth Anniversary of Operation Homecoming.
In 1973, amidst the Vietnam War, the Paris Peace Accords were signed, including a provision which permitted the exchange of prisoners of war. Between February 12 and April 4 of that same year, 591 American soldiers were transported by plane from Vietnam, Laos and China to Clark Air Base in the Philippines. Known as Operation Homecoming, the ex-prisoners of war were provided with health care, food and fresh clothing before being transported to the United States.
“This resolution is intended to recognize not only those who returned home during Operation Homecoming, but also all of those who served so courageously in the Vietnam War,” said Rep. Peter Beck (R-Mason), who sponsored the resolution. “The armed services are an integral part of American tradition, and all veterans deserve our respect and admiration for their selfless contributions to preserve our freedom.”
House Concurrent Resolution 15 will now move to the Senate for consideration.