Date: June 10, 2015
To: Mayor Steve Nagel, City of Fountain Valley,
Mayor Pro Tem, Cheryl Brothers,
Council Member John Collins,
Council Member Mark McCurdy,
Council Member Michael Vo.
In the attachments of this email you will find our Steering Committee for Republic of Viet Nam Day Resolution Campaign Package including a Cover Letter, a Rationale for the Republic of Vietnam Day Resolution, a Draft Version of the Resolution for your reference, and copies of Resolutions passed by other cities.
This is the second letter after the first one we sent to you on Sep 18, 2014. I also had appeared in front of you and spoke to request your consideration of passing the Resolution a few weeks after. Since then, we did not see any progress from the city. I did contacted Councilman Mike Vo several times to find out the reaction from the city council. He told me that he had a hard time to find a second support from the city council to put our request on the city agenda. I am very surprised and not sure this is true or not.
As you all know that The Republic of Vietnam and its People, the Armed Forces, Elected and Governmental Officials had struggled against the invasion of the Vietnamese Communist to defend the Democratic Regime and protect the Freedom, Property and Life of Vietnamese people. The Vietnam War is a war with the Just Cause on the side of the Republic of Vietnam and its People. But our Just Cause had been ignored or not recognized at all.
History has now reached the point revealing that the world’s past opinion about the Vietnam War and the “Revolution” in Vietnam was the wrong course of actions. Even the Vietnamese Communist Leaders in retrospect have admitted their mistakes with the building of the country based on the illusion of the communism.
The success of the “Vietnam Veterans”, the coming to America of large numbers of Vietnamese nationals, the Boat People Exodus from the Communist Vietnam, the significant contributions of the Vietnamese Americans into the American society and the current tendency of political and economic change in Vietnam has resulted with comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and USA, which also has forced people to revise their opinion about the Vietnam War.
It is long overdue to recognize the sacrifices of the Citizens, Elected and Governmental Officials and Armed Forces of the Republic of Vietnam (AFORVN) and give them the honor and respect that they deserve, especially now that nearly two million Americans who are the offspring of these same heroes. While we are discussing this we must never forget the sufferings of million of families of the US soldiers and Allied Armies who served in the Vietnam War.
We urge your favorable consideration of our proposal and request your efforts to pass a resolution to honor the “Just Cause of the Republic of Vietnam,” and recognize the enormous sacrifices and contributions of its Army, normal People, Elected and Governmental Officials as well as the American soldiers, the Vietnam War Veterans, the Allied Armies and their families.
If you would like to schedule a meeting to discuss this issue or ask any questions, our Committee Delegation is ready and also willing to have a chance to personally say thank you to all of you.
Finally, we deeply appreciate your efforts in this honorable action.
On behalf of the Steering Committee for Republic of Viet Nam Day Resolution
Lac Tan Nguyen, Former President of Vietnamese American Community of Southern California,
Campaign Committee Coordinator
Republic of Viet Nam Day Resolutions passed by cities of Orange County
1.- City of Garden Grove passed this Resolution on Oct. 14, 2014
2.- City of Santa Ana passed a Proclamation recognizing Republic of Vietnam Day on Jan. 20, 2015
3.- City of Westminster passed this Resolution on Jan. 14, 2015
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