SACRAMENTO – Senator Thomas J. Umberg (D – Santa Ana), along with Assemblymember Tom Daly (D - Anaheim), Assemblymember Tyler Diep (R - Westminster), and Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D - San José) have introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 59 (SCR 59) in recognition of Veterans of the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Day. The resolution commemorates the day of June 19, 2020 as Veterans of the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Day to celebrate the courageous sacrifices, and contributions of Vietnamese Veteran Americans to California, and abroad.
“As a veteran, it is my honor to recognize all Vietnamese-American residents of Orange County and beyond that will celebrate this day for those who fought bravely for independence,” said Senator Tom Umberg. “Many of these veterans served their nation with honor, became residents in California, and contributed so greatly to our society. At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has placed additional burdens on our veteran population, we must be sure to remember and honor those soldiers who sacrificed so much fighting for freedom during the Vietnam War.”
“We honor the memory of brave service members and activists who gave their lives in defense of freedom,” said Assemblymember Tom Daly. “And we recognize those soldiers who have, along with their family members, contributed as citizens of our country.”
“As the only Vietnamese American in the State Legislature, I am proud to introduce this resolution with my colleagues to honor the veterans of the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces,” said Assemblymember Tyler Diep. “It is through their sacrifice that we continue to fight for freedom, human rights, and liberty in Vietnam.”
“I deeply respect the ultimate sacrifices made by South Vietnamese Soldiers who fought for freedom and human rights. Their services and bravery should not be forgotten. It is my great privilege to co-author Resolution 59 with my colleagues to commemorate June 19, 2020 as Veterans of the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Day. This resolution also helps recognize the contribution of the many Vietnamese who have settled in San Jose and throughout the state after the Vietnam War,” said Assemblymember Kansen Chu. “The Vietnamese community have enriched the social fabric of America and SCR 59 is an important and necessary acknowledgement.”
SCR 59 recognizes June 19, 2020 as Veterans of the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Day, in memory of the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for freedom and democracy and the victims of the Vietnam War, and in honor of the survivors, activists, and freedom fighters of that war. Currently, Vietnamese Americans around the world recognize Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Day on June 19, and this year, 2020, mark 55th anniversary of this annual commemoration.
Senator Thomas J. Umberg represents Senate District 34, which includes the cities of Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Garden Grove, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Midway City, Orange, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, and Westminster. Umberg is a retired U.S. Army Colonel, former federal prosecutor, and small businessman. He and his wife, Brigadier General Robin Umberg, USA (ret.), live in Orange County.