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Is it Liberation Day or Defeat Day in Saigon?
Is it Liberation Day or Defeat Day in Saigon?

The first time I returned to Vietnam, a customs officer looked at my American passport and asked, “Brother, when did you leave?” “Two days before National Defeat Day,” I mumbled. That day, April 30, 1975, marked the end of the Vietnam War. Its anniversary brings back bad memories: Saigon ransacked by the communist army, thousands fleeing in boats, helicopters hovering above a city wreathed in smoke. My family and I made our way first to Guam and then later to California. I was 11. National Defeat Day turned into an unhealed wound for many who fled and some who were left behind. But the words are from an exile's vocabulary. “Brother,” the...

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