March 18, 2014
Alabama State Senate
11 South Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
Ref: Recognition of Vietnamese American Community Heritage Flag
The Vietnamese American Community is a new ethnic group in the United States. Although we came here by different ways or in different circumstances, we have one thing in common: We are victims who have been persecuted by the Communist Vietnam and seek refuge in the countries that were once allies of our Republic of Vietnam.
Far away from our motherland, we still embrace the Republic of Vietnam’s flag that many generations have given their lives to keep it streaming until the fall of South Vietnam in 1975.
Up to this day, hundreds of states and cities throughout the United States have recognized the South Vietnam flag (Yellow background with three red stripes) as the symbol of the Vietnamese American Community. To name a few: New Jersey (2004), Georgia (2004), Virginia (2004), Colorado (2004), Florida (2004), Texas (2004), Oklahoma (2005), Minnesota (2005), Ohio (2005), California (2005), Nebraska (2007), Michigan (2007), and Massachusetts (2009).
We respectfully ask the Senate of Alabama to pass the Bill sponsored by Senator Bill Holtzclaw to recognize the Yellow flag as our Vietnamese Community heritage flag.
Very truly yours,
Tien Ngoc Nguyen
Chairman of the Board of Representatives
The Vietnamese American Community of the USA.