“Black April” events are approved

VIETNAMESE refugees aboard a U.S. Navy ship in the evacuations during “Black April” in 1975 (Wikipedia photo).

The Westminster City Council on Wednesday approved a special event permit application from Vietnam Memorial in Westminster, Inc. to hold a commemoration ceremony for the 45th anniversary of “Black April” – the fall of Saigon to communist forces in 1975 – and the Seventeenth Anniversary of the Vietnam War Memorial on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at Sidney Goldstein Freedom Park.

Also approved was a special event permit for two groups – Vietnamese Community of Southern California and the Vietnamese American Federation – to jointly hold a Black Friday Commemoration on Thursday, April 30, 2020, also at Freedom Park. Mayor Tri Ta praised the groups for working together to organize and stage the event.

The council on Wednesday night also bid farewell to Eddie Manfro, the outgoing city manager.

He was feted by council members and top city staff as “an awesome guy,” “a person of integrity,” and “someone who truly loves Westminster.”

Addressing the public in attendance and watching a broadcast of the meeting, Manfro said, “This is a good city and good community. Regardless of political feelings, it’s a good place to raise a family.”

He has served as the city’s top appointed official since July 2012, having previously served as assistant city manager and director of human resources and risk management.

Serving as interim city manager is Sherry Johnson, while a search for a permanent manager is conducted. Johnson has served as city finance director.

The next meeting of the council is set for Wednesday, March 11 at 7 p.m.


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