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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon

Tomorrow, April 30th, 2014 marks the 39th anniversary of the fall of Saigon. On April 30th, 1975, North Vietnamese communists forces drove tanks through the former U.S. backed capital of South Vietnam, smashing through the Presidential Palace gates. The surrender of General Duong Van Minh marked the end of the Vietnam War and the U.S. campaign against communism in Southeast Asia.

Here in California, the day of April 30th, 2014 is known as Black April, a day for Vietnamese Americans to remember and recognize the lives lost during the Vietnam War era. Today, many Vietnamese Americans reside in Orange County. Because of the fall of Saigon, many Vietnamese immigrated to the U.S. and mostly to Orange County to escape the communism in Vietnam. Many still keep their traditions and religious values intact as well as adapting to American culture and have started many of their own professions and businesses. Vietnamese Americans love the freedom and continuous progress here in U.S and many will continue to make Orange County their homes for years to come.

Description of  A North Vietnamese tank rolls through the gate of the Presidential Palace in Saigon, April 30, 1975, signifying the fall of South Vietnam. (AP Photo)
*photo of a a North Vietnamese tank rolling through the Presidential Palace in Saigon on April 30th, 1975

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