Please join us in cosponsoring a resolution recognizing the 42nd anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, an event commemorated in Vietnamese American communities across the United States. This event marks the beginning of the Vietnamese American community and is a watershed moment for that community.
Since 1975, hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese have resettled in the United States and the Vietnamese American community now numbers over 1,600,000 according to the Census Bureau.
This resolution also honors the service of United States veterans and their Vietnamese allies, as well as the many contributions the Vietnamese American community have made to the United States, including continuing efforts to call for an end to human rights abuses by the Vietnamese government.
If you would like to become a cosponsor or receive more information on this resolution, please contact Ben Kane with Rep. Lowenthal at (202) 225-7924 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alan Lowenthal J. Luis Correa Zoe Lofgren
Member of Congress Member of Congress Member of Congress
Recognizing the 42nd anniversary of the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975.
Whereas since 1975, hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese have resettled in the United States and built vibrant communities across the United States which contribute to the rich diversity of the Nation;
Whereas, on April 30, 1975, the Republic of Vietnam was overthrown by communist forces in an event known as ‘‘Black April’’ or the ‘‘Fall of Saigon’’, which is observed in Vietnamese American communities across the United States each year;
Whereas members of the South Vietnamese military fought side-by-side with the United States Armed Forces in defense of the ideals of democracy and freedom;
Whereas Vietnamese Americans have continuously advocated for freedom and democracy in Vietnam, and spoken out against human rights abuses by the Vietnamese Government; and
Whereas Vietnam continues to hold one of the worst records on human rights in the region, violating religious freedom, obstructing press freedom, restricting its own citizens’ freedom of speech and assembly, and detaining prisoners of conscience: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the House of Representatives—
(1) recognizes the significance of the 42nd anniversary of the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975;
(2) honors the contributions of Vietnamese Americans to the United States over the last 42 years and their tireless commitment to upholding freedom, human rights, and democracy in Vietnam;
(3) honors the service of members of the United States Armed Forces and of the South Vietnamese forces who fought in Vietnam, including those who gave their lives;
(4) honors the memory of the Vietnamese who lost their lives while attempting to flee Vietnam; and
(5) encourages all citizens of the United States to join in remembering the Fall of Saigon, honoring the contributions of the Vietnamese American community, and calling for freedom, human rights, and democracy in Vietnam.