Flags of the two nations that fought side-by-side in the Vietnam War look down upon the dedication of the joint American-Vietnamese Memorial at Les Gove Park last year. ROBERT WHALE, Auburn Reporter

Flags of the two nations that fought side-by-side in the Vietnam War look down upon the dedication of the joint American-Vietnamese Memorial at Les Gove Park last year. ROBERT WHALE, Auburn Reporter

Ceremony commemorating South Vietnam Armed Forces Day set for Saturday

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019 1:53pm
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A South Vietnam Armed Forces Day ceremony is at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at the Joint American-Vietnamese War Memorial at Les Grove Park, 910 Ninth St. SE, Auburn.

All are welcomed to the event to observe, to learn and participate.

Thu Duc Academy Association has organized the event to remember, honor and thank all South Vietnam soldiers. American and allied Vietnam War veterans are also being honored. The program runs until 3:30 p.m.

Snacks and water will be provided

The Vietnamese-American War Memorial Alliance project began more than 11 years ago to honor the sacrifices of Americans and Vietnamese soldiers. The project’s vision grew from a local veteran’s effort to honor all the other allied forces and the thousands of Canadian volunteers who joined the U.S. Military to support South Vietnam, making Auburn’s memorial unique.

The city of Auburn provided land for the memorial. The alliance raised the money and built the memorial.

The memorial’s central display features the yellow, red, and green emblem for Vietnam War veterans, an image of the Mourning Soldier, and inscriptions in English and Vietnamese. Granite panels honor American and South Vietnamese military. The memorial permanently displays the U.S. flag and the former Republic of Vietnam flag, also known as the Vietnamese Heritage and Freedom flag. Individual granite tiles on the Wall of Honor recognize individual Vietnam War veterans, living and dead.

The alliance is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization.

Learn more at HonorVietnamVets.org.

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