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Vietnamese immigrants mark Black April anniversary
Vietnamese immigrants mark Black April anniversary

Under a soft rain, a balladeer stepped on the flag-decked stage, singing of lost lives, lost loves. "Forty years later, we will never forget, ladies and gentlemen," an emcee intoned as the crowd at a high school football stadium clapped. The commemoration of four decades since Black April, the fall of Saigon that ended the Vietnam War, drew more than 1,000 to Garden Grove. At first, organizers planned a reunion at Camp Pendleton, a refugee haven that welcomed the first arrivals fleeing Vietnam in late April 1975. But military officials would not allow the flying of South Vietnam's flag, a banner from an "unrecognized country," on federal land. They acted on...

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