Forty years ago on April 30th, 1975, Saigon, the capital of the Republic of Vietnam fell to Communist North Vietnamese forces, which ended the Vietnam War and the beginning of authoritarian rule over all of Vietnam. In April 1975, Vietnamese living in central Vietnam abandoned their homes and made their way into Saigon as Communist forces advanced to capture South Vietnam in disregard for the Paris Peace Treaty. During the same month, leading up to the Fall of Saigon and afterward, an estimated one million Vietnamese fled the country by various means, with hundreds of thousand of people escaped by boats and ships in search of freedom. Those boat people faced countless uncertainty from dangerous storm to pirates and the lack of food and water. Many of them died on the high seas before they were rescued or reached islands off of Philippines, Malaysia, Hong Kong, etc.
These events represent a dark chapter in the history of Vietnam and are referred to as “Black April” by the Vietnamese communities overseas. On behalf of the Black April Commemoration Committee of Greater Los Angeles, we would like to invite you to join us at the:
“United States and Vietnamese Freedom & Heritage Flags Hanging Ceremony”
In Remembrance of the 40th Anniversary of Black April and the Fall of Saigon
Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Rosemead City Hall – 8838 E. Valley Blvd., Rosemead, CA 91770
The ceremony aims at remembering the loss and sacrifices of countless Vietnamese, particularly the Boat People along with 58,000 American soldiers, South Vietnam forces and allies who died for the ideal of freedom. The event will also honor the resiliency of the Vietnamese communities overseas as well as the growth and contributions of the Vietnamese American community.