Paying a Tribute to Vietnamese Boat People


Waking up at three o’clock this morning, the first images came to my mind were the Vietnamese tombstones at the Westminster Memorial Park where I paid tribute to the Vietnamese Boat People who died during the escape of the Vietnamese Communist Regime after the Fall of Saigon in April 1975. It was my first time partaking in the 9th Annual Ceremony, taking place on last Sunday of the month of April. I wasn’t sure how I would feel, but I knew there would be tears rolling off my cheeks uncontrollably, so I hurriedly got a few tissues from my car with me before I entered the cemetery. The minute I set foot in the cemetery, I got emotional for seeing the familiar structures of the Vietnamese styles. In a few American cemeteries I visited, all the tombstones are placed flat on the ground, but in this place, most of them are upright. Some of them even have the shape of the coffins on the ground which is exactly like in Vietnam. I proceeded to the ceremony. I was about fifteen minutes late, even I left my