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Black April

posted Apr 30, 2011, 3:07 PM by Len Duong   [ updated Apr 30, 2011, 3:14 PM ]
Dear uNAVSA Community,

Today, Vietnamese-Americans from across the nation will commemorate the anniversary of the Fall of Saigon. Thirty six years ago a new journey began for many as they left everything they’d ever known to pursue a better life for themselves and their families.

A commemoration such as this requires deep reflection. As a community, and as individuals, we must ask ourselves how we can pay tribute to those who sacrificed so much to afford the opportunities many of us have today? We must also ask ourselves how we can best honor those individuals -- not just on this day, but every day?

The leaders of our community have the responsibility of ensuring we educate our youth about this pivotal moment in Vietnamese history. It’s inspiring to see youth leaders from across the country play their part in education, and remembrance.  Dozens of candlelight vigils, panel/peer discussions, and solidarity campaigns have been coordinated by Vietnamese Student Associations during the past week.

Thank you to all those that paved the way for the next generation of Vietnamese-Americans and Canadians. Thank you for your sacrifice. Thank you for your courage. I’d like to leave everyone with a link to a song created by some very talented youth leaders commemorating Black April: http://goo.gl/Vs5Sl.

Sincerely,

Huỳnh Đổ Đán
Chủ Tịch, Liên Hội Sinh Viên Việt Nam Bắc Mỹ
President, Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations