Dallas-area Vietnamese Remember Fall of Saigon, South Vietnam During Ceremony in Garland

They will never forget Black April Day. That is what those who lived in South Vietnam call April 30, 1975 — the day Saigon and their beloved nation fell to the Communists.The Vietnamese community in North Texas commemorated the date with a ceremony, parade, music and dance Sunday afternoon in Garland. As South Vietnamese flags — yellow with red stripes — billowed in the wind, the tribute began with the singing of the Vietnamese and U.S. national anthems. The ceremony included the laying of a yellow and red wreath, a moment of silence in remembrance of those killed during the war and trying to flee the country, and remarks from community leaders."This is an uncomfortable day for us," said Jason Ly, president of the Vietnamese American Community Center, who choked up as he talked about "fallen heroes." Ly is president of the Vietnamese American Community Center.  Continue reading...

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