NO. 17 - 2003
of the City of Houston Recognizing the Flag of the Former Republic of Vietnam
(South Vietnam) as the Official Symbol of the Vietnamese-American Community.
the current Government of Vietnam is a non-democratic regime that replaced
the former Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam); and
many Vietnamese-Americans left Vietnam as a result of the change of governments;
the city of Houston is home to the second largest population of Vietnamese-Americans
in this country - a community having made substantial contributions to
our culture, business and commerce; and
the vast majority of Vietnamese-Americans embrace the flag of their former
country as the symbol of their community; and
the flag of the former Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) - dating back
to 1948 - has long symbolized the resilience, freedom, and democracy of
and for the Vietnamese community; and
it is the will and expressed desire of Vietnamese-Americans that the flag
of the former Republic of Vietnam, heretofore known as the Heritage Freedom
Flag of Vietnamese-Americans, be recognized as the official symbol of the
Vietnamese American Community;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF HOUSTON, TEXAS:
1. That the City of Houston on this day formally recognizes the flag of
the former Republic of Vietnam - heretofore known as the Heritage Freedom
Flag of Vietnamese-Americans - as the official symbol of the Vietnamese-American
2. That this Resolution shall take effect immediately upon its passage
and approval by the Mayor; however, in the event that Mayor fails to sign
this Resolution within five days after its passage and adoption, it shall
take effect in accordance with Article VI, Section 6, Houston City Charter.
AND ADOPTED this 18th day of June, 2003.
this 18th day of June, 2003.
Lee P. Brown
to Article VI, Section 6, Houston City
the effective date of the foregoing Resolution is 18th day of June, 2003.
by: Paul Beberir, Senior Assistant City
by Stephen O. Tinnermon, Chief Staff,