Overseas Vietnamese: Memories of Paris Peace Accords Live Forever
|Nguyen Thi Xuan Oanh, an overseas Vietnamese living in Udon Thani, Thailand.|
Nguyen Thi Xuan Oanh, an overseas Vietnamese living in Udon Thani, Thailand, recounted the day the Paris Peace Accords was signed,
“On that day, we heard news about Vietnam via radio.The day Vietnam signed the Paris Peace Accords, at that time, I was teaching Vietnamese. After hearing the news on the radio, I couldn't put it into words, but I was filled with indescribable joy.
In the evening, working in the overseas community, I shared information with other people. At that time, everyone was cheering: "The country is unified, our people are free". People also said: "Unfortunately Uncle Ho cannot witness the day of national reunification".
The date of signing the Paris Peace Accords was when Tran Ngoc Phu (overseas Vietnamese in France) was studying in grade 10 at Lasan Taberd School (present-day Tran Dai Nghia) in Ho Chi Minh City.
"Grade 10, this is the age under the mobilization order of the Saigon puppet regime. Therefore, when I heard the Paris Peace Accords was signed, I felt happy. The reason was because I did not have to join the military, went to the battlefield, sacrificed in vain for the puppet government of Saigon.
During the war, the people of both the South and the North had to endure a lot of pain, loss, and separation. To this day, the war wounds have not completely healed.
I myself have loved ones who died in this war! That's why I understand well "the price of peace"! The war is over and young people do not have to go to the battlefield, brothers and sisters, mothers and wives do not have to lose their husbands or children, the people of the North and the South will unite and live in peace.
|Tran Ngoc Phu (overseas Vietnamese in France).|
Peace in Vietnam after many years of war is priceless, because that peace is associated with independence, freedom, and unification, leading the country to happiness and prosperity," Phu said.
As for Nguyen Tai Phuong, member of the Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front, an overseas Vietnamese in the US said that the signing of the Paris Peace Accords was an extremely important event.
According to him, those who have lived the years of the divided country will fully feel the meaning of the moment when peace is restored.
"The victory of the Paris Peace Accords and the Paris Conference has reflected the determination to fight, to win, the will to persevere in the struggle to defend the truth, gain independence and freedom of the Vietnamese people.
It is the proof of the just cause of the Vietnamese nation's struggle with strong support from progressive people all over the world," he said.
Professor Dang Luong Mo, who has lived in Japan for 40 years, said: “On the day of signing the Paris Peace Accords, I was working as the Research Director of Toshiba Corporation in Japan. I heard the information through the Japanese press. I was happy then. I am glad that the country is at peace, the war is over."
|Professor Dang Luong Mo.|
"The Paris Peace Accords is a combined victory of the struggle on the political, military and diplomatic fronts; a victory on the diplomatic front during the resistance war against the US for national salvation, and a milestone in the history of the Vietnamese revolution", he said.
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