Published On: October 26, 2017
(Garden Grove, CA) California State Senator Janet Nguyen is pleased to announce that the California State Legislature approved Senate Concurrent Resolution 6 (SCR 6) proclaiming October 2017 as Republic of Vietnam Month. This marks the second consecutive year that the State of California has passed this resolution, which is authored by Senator Nguyen. October 2017 was selected for this recognition because it marks the 61st anniversary of the adoption of the first Constitution of the Republic of Vietnam.
“Beyond commemorating the Republic of Vietnam, this resolution recognizes the common ground shared by the people of the Republic of Vietnam and the United States, who came together to fight against Communism,” said Senator Janet Nguyen. “Through this resolution I seek to not only remind Californians of the lives lost but of the current human rights situation in Vietnam.”
In addition to commemorating the anniversary of the adoption of the first Constitution of the Republic of Vietnam which was signed on October 26, 1956, SCR-6 recognizes the valiant effort from countries around the world that came to the aid of the Republic of Vietnam in their fight against Communism. The resolution further highlights the more than 58,000 American service members who lost their lives, as well as the more than one million people, including service members supporting personnel, and families who made great sacrifices and contributions to the fight for freedom.
SCR-6 also pays tribute to the members of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam and government officials many of whom perished or were captured, as well as their families who displayed great courage in trying times. Additionally, in an effort to draw attention to the deteriorating human rights conditions in Vietnam, SCR-6 details Vietnam’s continuous repressive tactics and encourages all Californians to reflect on the principles of freedom and democracy and the sacrifices that have been made towards the attainment of these ideals.
In 2016, Senator Nguyen authored Senate Concurrent Resolution 165 (SCR-165) which similarly declared October 2016 as Republic of Vietnam Month.
About Senator Janet Nguyen
Senator Janet Nguyen was overwhelmingly elected to represent the residents of California’s 34th State Senate District in 2014. With this victory, Senator Nguyen became the first woman elected to represent the 34th Senate District and the first Vietnamese-American in the country to be elected to the State Senate. Senator Nguyen is the highest-ranking Vietnamese-American elected official in the United States.
The 34th State Senate District includes the cities of Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Los Alamitos, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Westminster, the unincorporated communities of Midway City and Rossmoor, as well as portions of Anaheim, Huntington Beach, Long Beach, and Orange.