By DIAMOND BICH NGOC
AAP contributing writer
DULUTH (May 27, 2013) — On Memorial Day at the American Legion Post 71 in Duluth Minnesota, veterans of the United States and Republic of Vietnam gathered to remember the fallen and to continue building on a special friendship that has been nurtured over the past 40 years since the Republic fell and a generation of soldiers and civilians from both countries began their lives anew but forever changed in Minnesota.
The Country Feet Volunteer Band ( Chân Quê) from California and the Northland Vietnam Veterans Association organized the event to honor all the fathers who might not have received the same or equal appreciation. Furthermore, they dedicated this event to express their gratitude to the military personnel who served in Vietnam.
Many thanks to the the heartfelt help of the Mrs. Susan Lien, Ms. Lisalan Thai, Hoang Anh Dance Group, Phuoc Tran and her family for supporting Country Feet’s giving-back mission. Last, but not least to the photographer Thinh Quoc Nguyen for taking memorable photos. Everyone had the great feeling of this night lasted forever.
“We knew you had brought back with you many issues like sadness, regret, pain, and bad memories,” said Thai-Nguyen Dang. “However, no one knew that you also brought back with you the heart of many Vietnamese people who strongly believed in your ideology of freedom. To follow you home, we had risked our lives by either walking through dangerous jungle into Thailand or by crossing the deadly ocean on tiny boats to Malaysia and Indonesia. Like the powerful motto of New Hampshire State, we wanted to ‘Live Free or Die!’”