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45th Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon

April 30, 2020

The 30th of April marks the 45th Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon - 45 years since many Vietnamese lost their homes, family members, friends and above all, their country.

Although we cannot gather as one this year because of the Coronavirus, we still remember the loss of Vietnam’s freedom.

We remember the soldiers who fought and died in the defence of freedom, as well as the thousands of people who lost their lives, in the jungles or at sea, while fleeing tyranny in search of freedom.

Their sacrifice is an indelible reminder that freedom is precious and is never free.

The Fall of Saigon also marks 45 years since many Vietnamese refugees began settling here, making Australia their home.

It has been my great privilege to witness the extraordinary contribution the Vietnamese community has made in our nation.

Their generosity and compassion for others, strong work ethic and profound belief in education, clearly underpins the extraordinary role that Vietnamese-Australians have played in shaping the modern face of Australia.

Although faced with many challenges, through courage and determination, Vietnamese-Australians have proven themselves as one of the most successful settlement stories in our country.

As a nation, we need to show the same determination as we confront the challenges presented by this pandemic.

During this time, I ask that you and your loved ones keep safe, observe basic hygiene measures and practice social distancing.

Together we will fight the Coronavirus and together we will succeed.