Senator Thomas J. Umberg (D – Orange County) authored Senate Concurrent Resolution 7 (SCR 7) to proclaim the month of April as Black April Memorial Month; a special time for Californians to remember the countless lives lost during the Vietnam War era, and to hope for more justice and liberty for the people of Vietnam. “Black April” is the term used to refer to the April 30 anniversary of the fall of Saigon, in 1975. With the resolution, Senator Umberg honors those that lost their lives in the Vietnam War; including American, South Vietnamese, allied veterans of the war, and the refugees that fled towards American shores in search of freedom.
“Black April is a time of mourning, a time of remembrance, not just for the lives lost during the war, but the lives of Vietnamese people in their historic struggle for freedom and human rights. Let this observance serve as a remembrance of not only tragic loss, but also a celebration of the Vietnamese people’s resilience and strength to prosper in the face of adversity,” said Senator Umberg. “This is a time to recall the sacrifices of those that came before us as they searched for liberty and a better life on American shores.”
The Vietnam War is marked as a tragedy for not only Vietnam and Vietnam-era veterans who were directly involved in the war, it is one full of great suffering and loss for the Vietnamese civilians and the Vietnamese Americans who crossed the sea to find this land of freedom as their safe haven. These Vietnamese American refugees had soon become a part of, and continue to contribute to, our diverse American culture and economy today. According to the United States Census 2010, more than 465,000 Vietnamese live in California, with the largest concentration of Vietnamese found outside of Vietnam residing in The counties of Orange and Santa Clara.
“In commemoration of Black April, I would like to take a moment of silence for the veterans of the United States of America and the Republic of Vietnam, in memory of the soldiers of the United States Army and Republic of Vietnam who died during the Vietnam War. With this moment of silence, we remember the countless innocent lives affected by the war, and those that continue to live with these traumatic experiences, and developed resilience to overcome these extreme challenges,” continued Senator Umberg. “I respect and honor the Vietnamese-American community in California that has grown steadily, greatly contributing to our society in every way.”
“Especially during the challenging crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, I acknowledge and appreciate the sense of responsibility and the spirit of mutual support within the Vietnamese community. Let’s work together to do our best to overcome this great challenge. We are always ready to help and support residents get through any difficulties they may be facing. Please contact our district office (714) 558-3785.”
This article was released by the Office of Senator Tom Umberg.