For the second consecutive year, Senator Janet Nguyen presented a resolution recognizing June 19th as Veterans of the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Day. Senate Concurrent Resolution 86 (SCR 86) specifically commemorates the soldiers of the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces who fought during the Vietnam War and honors the survivors, activists and freedom fighters of that war.
“This statewide recognition pays homage to all of the brave members of the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces who gave their all to defend freedom and democracy in Vietnam,” said Senator Janet Nguyen. “In this valiant effort, they were joined by thousands of brave American soldiers who shared their love for freedom and democracy and who fought courageously to defend these principles.”
During the Vietnam War era, South Vietnamese and American forces united to fight North Vietnamese Communist forces. In this struggle, approximately 250,000 members of the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces and 58,000 members of the United States Armed Forces lost their lives. In addition to the lives lost, more than 1 million Vietnamese soldiers and 300,000 American soldiers would be injured during the war.
After the Fall of Saigon, the connection between Vietnamese and American soldiers continued as thousands of Veterans of the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces found refuge in the United States. The State of California alone, is home to an estimated 100,000 Veterans of the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces. Today, Vietnamese and American soldiers work side by side as members of Veterans organizations and advocacy groups.
Apart from securing this statewide recognition, Senator Nguyen is seeking to commemorate the stories of the members of the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces through Senate Bill 895 (SB 895), which would create the state’s first curriculum on the Vietnamese American Refugee Experience. If approved, the curriculum would specifically include the testimonies of the members of the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces and Vietnamese Boat People.