The end of the Vietnam War is marked by the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975. This year is the 40th anniversary of that day, and is still remembered by many of the 3,000 Vietnamese who are living and prospering in Marin, and who originally came to the United States as refugees.Marein
On Sunday morning, April 26, a Memorial Walk and luncheon was held at the Marin Civic Center Lagoon Park in San Rafael. During the event before the walk, several speakers shared their perspective, even if their country of South Vietnam lost the war.
They commemorated and honored the bravery and sacrifice of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN), the armed forces of South Vietnam. The American soldiers who fought and died in Vietnam were also recognized and honored.
They do not support the Communist Party of Vietnam, which one speaker said, has adopted a dictatorship policy for the country. They receive the surrender, and refuse to live under what they consider an evil communist regime in Vietnam. They have instead adopted the United States as their home and prospered.
The memorial honored the heroes who sacrificed their lives for their country. Nothing is better than to follow in their footsteps to fight for human rights and democracy for freedom for the people of Vietnam, said one of the speakers.
Several Vietnam veterans were recognized, including MSGT. Ricardo Moncrief, who served in the US Air Force.
The walk with the flag went to the WWII Memorial and back to the picnic area.
The Socialist Republic of Vietnam has an estimated 90.5 million inhabitants as of 2014 and is the world’s 13th-most-populous country. Its capital city has been Hanoi since the reunification of North and South Vietnam in 1976.
Thereafter, Vietnam was divided politically into two rival states, North and South Vietnam. Conflict between the two sides intensified, with heavy intervention from the United States, in what is known as the Vietnam War.
The war ended with a North Vietnamese victory in 1975.
Vietnam was then unified under a communist government. In 1986, the government initiated a series of economic and political reforms. Since 2000, Vietnam’s economic growth rate has been among the highest in the world, and, in 2011, it had the highest Global Growth Generators Index among 11 major economies.