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File #: 190345    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 4/25/2019 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 4/25/2019
Title: Recognizing April 30th as Vietnamese Heritage and Freedom Flag Day as a Symbol of the Contributions of the Vietnamese-American Community in the City of Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Bass
Attachments: 1. PHILSignatureReport-19034500
Title
Recognizing April 30th as Vietnamese Heritage and Freedom Flag Day as a Symbol of the Contributions of the Vietnamese-American Community in the City of Philadelphia.
Body
WHEREAS, April 30, 2019 marks the 44th Anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War and the start of the eventual exodus of several million Vietnamese out of Vietnam after South Vietnam's capital of Saigon fell to the communists on April 30, 1975; and

WHEREAS, Throughout America, thirteen states, seven counties and eighty-five cities have adopted resolutions recognizing the yellow and three red striped Vietnamese Heritage and Freedom Flag as the official flag of the Vietnamese-American Community; and

WHEREAS, The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on April 7, 2008 officially recognized the Vietnamese Heritage and Freedom Flag as the official flag of the Vietnamese-American Community throughout the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, The City of Philadelphia on January 29, 2004 officially recognized the Vietnamese Heritage and Freedom Flag as the official flag of the Vietnamese-American Community throughout the City; and

WHEREAS, There is a significant number of Vietnamese-Americans who have chosen to make Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania their home; and

WHEREAS, Flying the Vietnamese Heritage and Freedom Flag in Philadelphia is a part of the healing process for our citizens whose families left their homeland of South Vietnam; and

WHEREAS, This City's Vietnamese-American Community has made substantial contributions to the cultural, religious, political, and business life of Philadelphia; and

WHEREAS, The Council of the City of Philadelphia authorizes the Vietnamese Heritage and Freedom Flag to be raised and flown at full mast at City Hall on April 30th to observe the Vietnamese Heritage and Freedom Flag Day starting at 10:00 a.m. and taken down at 5:00 p.m. in recognition of the important contributions of Vietnamese-Americans to the cultural, political, religious, and business life...

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