SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It was a day of solemn remembrance for Springfield’s Vietnamese community.
The ceremony at the Springfield Vietnamese Association in the Forest Park neighborhood recalled the fall of Saigon to the North Vietnamese in 1975.
It’s a bitter memory for the community that came to America after losing their country to communist rule.
But they’re happy to have started new lives here in Western Massachusetts.
Nhac Truong, from the Springfield Vietnamese Cultural Association said, “We have a close knit community and we pride ourselves and try to keep our own cultures and pass it on to the next generation.”
Domenic Sarno, the Mayor of Springfield said, “The Vietnamese Americans have been wonderful, industrious neighbors and friends a population about five thousand or so in the city of Springfield.”
Some of those commemorating the anniversary of the fall of Saigon wore the uniforms recalling their military service fighting the North Vietnamese.