CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU
HONOLULU, HAWAII No. 04-72
RECOGNIZING THE FLAG OF THE REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM AS THE HERITAGE AND FREEDOM FLAG OF THE VIETNAMESE-AMERICAN COMMUNITY OF THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU.
WHEREAS, the City and County of Honolulu is the residence of many ethnic cultures from around the world, making it a “melting pot” of such cultures; and
WHEREAS, many ethnic Vietnamese who came to this city from Vietnam in the 1960s and 1970s are now naturalized American citizens; and
WHEREAS, although they are citizens, the Vietnamese in this city still wish to preserve their own culture and heritage; and
WHEREAS, the Vietnamese in Honolulu have for generations contributed and will continue to contribute to the City’s economic welfare and diverse cultural heritage; and
WHEREAS, the flag of the former Republic of Vietnam, which consists of three horizontal stripes of gules, a red color, on a field of gold, symbolizes for the Vietnamese their ethnic culture and heritage and their economic contribution to this city, and is the preferred symbol of the city’s Vietnamese-American community; now, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the City and County of Honolulu that it recognize the flag of the former Republic of Vietnam, to be known as the Vietnamese Heritage and Freedom Flag, as the symbol of the Vietnamese-American community and its cultural and economic contributions to the City and County of Honolulu; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that copies of this Resolution be transmitted to the Mayor and the American-Vietnamese Coalition of Hawaii.
STATE OF HAWAII
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
OFFICE Of’ VETERANS SERVICES
January 3, 2004
RESOLUTION OF THE STATE OF HAWAII OFFICE OF VETERANS SERVICES
RECOGNIZING THE VIETNA11ESE-MfERlCAN VETERANS’ SYMBOL
WHEREAS, Vietnamese Americans in the State of Hawaii should be honored for their struggle along the Us. military to defend freedom and human rights;
WHEREAS, Hawaii is the home to many Vietnamese Americans, whose contributions to this State should he appreciated;
WHEREAS, the goldenrod flag with three horizontal red stripes represents the Vietnamese American veterans, who have been functioning within the network of the Office of Veterans Services (OVS,);
TflIEREAS, the Vietnamese American veterans embrace the goldenrodflag with three red horizontal stripes as the Yellow of their hack ground, their history, and their identity;
W1lEREAS, the goldenrod flag with three red horizontal stripes has also been used as a symbol by members of the U.s. military who served during the Vietnam war along with Vietnamese courterpart, and;
WHEREAS, Vietnamese American veterans have been approved by the office of Veterans Services as one of its veteran organizations, to participate, with its goldenrod flag, in State and Federal sponsored veteran activities.
NOW, THEREFORE, he it resolved hy the State Office of’ Veterans Services as follows:
That the State office of Veterans Services recognizes the flag which consists of three horizonfal red stripes upon a field of gold as the flag of the Vietnamese American veterans and that the flag may be displayed as part of a ceremony approved by the Office of Veterans Services; and
That the Office of Veterans Services officially welcomes Free Vietnam Veterans in OVS activities and commemorative programs, and is part of the OVS network.
Irwin K. Cockett, Jr