For Immediate Release: April 29, 2016
Contact: Simon Hudes, firstname.lastname@example.org, (408) 833-4455
Mayor Nguyen to Mark 41st Anniversary of Black April with Veterans, OC Vietnamese Community
Santa Ana, CA – In remembrance of April 30th, commonly known among the Vietnamese community as the Fall of Saigon or Black April, Garden Grove Mayor Bao Nguyen is set to make public appearances at several events in Orange County.
Bao had the following to say before setting out for the events that mark the anniversary of this tragic day:
Vietnamese people, more than most, know what it means to sacrifice everything for family. My parents did when they escaped Vietnam. My mother was 8 months pregnant with me, and had to leave two of my older sisters behind with family until they could also safely make it over. My mom knew the risks, but she also knew I’d have a better life in America. So for everybody who fought for folks like my parents, and for everybody who helped me become who I am today in America, I just want to say thank you.
The events are as follows:
7:30 am: Mass
Vietnamese Catholic Center
1538 Century Blvd, Santa Ana
11:00 am: Black April
All American Way & 13th Street, Westminster
2:00 pm: 41st Anniversy of 4/30
Westminster Memorial Park Cemetery
7801 Bolsa Ave, Westminster
6:00 pm: 7 Day Hero Honoring our Veterans Dinner
Geneva Presbyterian Church
24301 El Toro Road Laguna Woods
Bao Nguyen grew up in the 46th district, attended Garden Grove public schools, and graduated from Pacifica High School. He was elected Mayor of Garden Grove in 2014, where he has increased government transparency and fought corruption. Upon his swearing-in, he became the first directly- elected Vietnamese American Democratic Mayor in the United States. He is the city’s first Vietnamese American and first Openly LGBTQ Mayor. Prior to his historic election, he served as member of the Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Education.
For more information, please visit www.bao2016.com.