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August 9, 1985
A half-scale replica of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington will go on display in Hawthorne Sunday to commemorate the end of the war 10 years ago. City officials expect thousands of Vietnam veterans and their families to turn out to see the replica, which will be on display 24 hours a day through Aug. 18 in Hawthorne Memorial Park at El Segundo Boulevard and Prairie Avenue.
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April 29, 2013 | By Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
One girl gasps as the grainy black-and-white footage rolls: Women are screaming, thrusting their babies at soldiers boarding a helicopter. In the next scene, hundreds of refugees packed in the belly of a rickety boat rock in the ocean, desperately trying to flee their homeland after the fall of Saigon. Gathered in a Garden Grove office, young adults who grew up in the shadow of war watch the images, only tasting the horrors their parents and relatives endured when South Vietnam fell to Communist forces 38 years ago. For many in immigrant communities like Orange County's Little Saigon, the memory of April 30 - "Black April" to those who lived through it - has been passed on only through photographs, stories or rough video clips.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2000 | MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Vietnam War memorial to honor the collaboration of South Vietnamese and U.S. soldiers will be unveiled Sunday in Orange County's Little Saigon, but organizers say more money is needed to complete the project. The 10-foot wax statue shows two men in military uniforms standing side by side. It still must be bronzed, which will be done in November, said Craig Mandeville, a member of the executive committee.
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October 16, 2005 | Nicholas Goldberg, Nicholas Goldberg is the Op-Ed editor of the Los Angeles Times.
At a campaign rally held last month across from the old offices of the now-defunct East German Communist Party, nostalgia was the order of the day. Speakers greeted one another as "comrade" and railed against capitalist excess, while kiosks sold images of Lenin (albeit wearing iPod headphones), Soviet army caps and bottles of Red Oktober beer. Two days later, the party holding the rally won an enormous victory, taking 54 seats in parliament in a clear sign of the left's resurgence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 2002 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
For weeks, Vietnamese-language radio stations in Orange County blared with pleas for help, and Vietnamese superstars walked door to door, asking for donations. Hung Mai and his wife, Oanh, both from Anaheim, said they couldn't help but get caught up in the fervor. On Sunday, Mai and his family joined thousands of spectators in the largest fund-raising concert staged so far for the new Vietnam War memorial statue in Westminster, which honors both United States and South Vietnamese troops.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 2002 | VIVIAN LETRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A symbol of healing that itself became controversial is to be installed Monday in Westminster: a war memorial depicting two somber soldiers--one Vietnamese and one American--standing side by side. The 15-foot bronze is the centerpiece of a $1-million memorial considered the first to honor both U.S. and South Vietnamese soldiers. About 58,000 Americans and 300,000 South Vietnamese, the two sides allied against the communist North Vietnamese, died in the war.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 2003 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
Having overcome funding shortages that delayed its unveiling five months, the first memorial in the country to honor Vietnam War troops from both the U.S. and South Vietnam received a bittersweet welcome from about 9,000 people in Westminster on Sunday. The five-year project raised $1.2 million in donations to help pay for the memorial, which features larger-than-life bronze sculptures of a GI and a South Vietnamese soldier, organizers said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2000 | Alex Murashko, (714) 966-5974
Vietnam War veteran Gregory Allen Ganz hopes to rally support for raising the remaining $200,000 needed to construct a Vietnam War memorial in Westminster at a memorial committee meeting at the community center tonight at 7:30. Ganz will read his essay, "America's Sons," and plans to unveil a memorial plaque dedicated to a high school friend that was removed from Rancho Alamitos High School's gym nearly 20 years ago.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2005 | Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
George C. Duggins, the first African American president of the Vietnam Veterans of America, has died. He was 61. Duggins died Monday in Chesapeake, Va., of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, said Thomas H. Corey, the group's current president, Tuesday. Corey said the disease was caused by Duggins' exposure to the toxic herbicide Agent Orange during two tours of duty in Vietnam.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2005 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
Every time Dan Nguyen and his wife, Bich Vu, visit their children in Orange County, they stop by the Vietnam War Memorial. "If you were a victim of the communists, you will visit here," said Vu, a 70-year-old San Jose resident. "You will know how meaningful this is." The memorial, which depicts a U.S. soldier and a South Vietnamese soldier standing together, has become a symbol to the Vietnamese community. Visitors to the area around Little Saigon often make a point of visiting the monument.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2003 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
You know the story, right? she asked, nodding toward the wooden stakes planted in tight rows. How a guy put them up, just because he couldn't sleep. The war in Iraq bothered him. These are for its dead. "It's a beautiful graveyard," Mary Laurin said softly. "Why would they want to take it down?" At the corner of Yale and Bryan avenues in Irvine's Northwood Community Park, a makeshift memorial has become local lore.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 2003 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
Having overcome funding shortages that delayed its unveiling five months, the first memorial in the country to honor Vietnam War troops from both the U.S. and South Vietnam received a bittersweet welcome from about 9,000 people in Westminster on Sunday. The five-year project raised $1.2 million in donations to help pay for the memorial, which features larger-than-life bronze sculptures of a GI and a South Vietnamese soldier, organizers said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 2002 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
For weeks, Vietnamese-language radio stations in Orange County blared with pleas for help, and Vietnamese superstars walked door to door, asking for donations. Hung Mai and his wife, Oanh, both from Anaheim, said they couldn't help but get caught up in the fervor. On Sunday, Mai and his family joined thousands of spectators in the largest fund-raising concert staged so far for the new Vietnam War memorial statue in Westminster, which honors both United States and South Vietnamese troops.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 2002 | VIVIAN LETRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A symbol of healing that itself became controversial is to be installed Monday in Westminster: a war memorial depicting two somber soldiers--one Vietnamese and one American--standing side by side. The 15-foot bronze is the centerpiece of a $1-million memorial considered the first to honor both U.S. and South Vietnamese soldiers. About 58,000 Americans and 300,000 South Vietnamese, the two sides allied against the communist North Vietnamese, died in the war.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2001 | JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After four years of redesign, fund-raising and political bickering, the Westminster City Council has unanimously approved a Vietnam War memorial for the city's Civic Center. "It's been a long time coming, longer than it should have been, but it will be special," said Councilman Frank Fry Jr., a World War II veteran who first proposed the memorial.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2001 | JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After four years of redesign, fund-raising and political bickering, the Westminster City Council unanimously approved a Vietnam War memorial for the Civic Center. "It's been a long time coming, longer than it should have been, but it will be special," said Councilman Frank Fry, a World War II veteran who proposed the project. The bronze memorial--12 feet tall on a 5-foot-high concrete base--will show two soldiers, one American and one Vietnamese, standing side by side and surrounded by flags.
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