Westminster

“Black April” event is cancelled

VIETNAM War Memorial in Sid Goldstein Park in Westminster (Wikipedia).

Another local tradition has fallen victim to the dislocations caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The annual Black April commemoration ceremony held annually in Westminster has been cancelled.

The event marks the fall of Saigon and the conquest of the Republic of (South) Vietnam in April 1975, ending what Americans call the Vietnam War.

Instead of the event planned for Sid Goldstein Freedom Park on Thursday, April 30, the city will fly the South Vietnamese flag at half-staff at the park from April 23-30. Additionally, a commemoration wreath will be placed at the memorial site on April 30 at 10 a.m.

This change is in response to the State of California’s stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 health crisis.

The fall of the Republic of Vietnam led many refugees to flee from that country to the United States, where many of them settled in Orange County. Westminster has the largest concentration of Vietnamese outside of Vietnam.

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