The Vietnamese Community of Southern California has planned two ceremonies today in Little Saigon to mark the 19th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, the former capital city of South Vietnam.
The day’s events will start with a flag salute ceremony, a memorial for those who died fighting the communists, and a series of political speeches condemning the Vietnamese communist government’s record on human rights and democracy, according to a statement from the Vietnamese Community of Southern California.
About 500 to 1,000 people are expected to attend the morning event, which will be held at the group’s headquarters, 15361 Brookhurst St. between Bolsa and McFadden avenues, organizers said.
Bui Binh Ban, president of the Vietnamese Community of Southern California, and four other prominent figures in the local community will speak.
There will be a rally at 11 a.m. at 9321 Bolsa Ave. Several groups of political detainees and representatives of the Vietnamese Women’s Community of Southern California will speak, said Chau The Phung, chairwoman of that organization.
In the evening, songs will be presented by some of those who were held in communist prison camps.