Citing concerns that a Vietnam War Memorial may not end up at the Civic Center, a member representing Republic of Vietnam war veterans has resigned from the memorial's fund-raising committee.
Uc Van Nguyen, president of the board of directors of Coalition of the Veterans Assns. of the Republic of Vietnam in Southern California, said that the Vietnamese community favors having the memorial at the Civic Center and that the City Council seems opposed to the idea.
At a news conference Thursday at the Nguoi Viet newspaper's office, Nguyen announced that he would like to see Vietnamese community, youth and religious groups become a part of the committee and the memorial planning, because he believes he cannot guarantee its location.
"I have an obligation to the Vietnamese community, and I would like to let them know firsthand what is going on," he said. Nguyen said that after the council tried to move a ceremonial groundbreaking onto city property across from the Civic Center, the action appeared to indicate the council did not want the memorial among city buildings.