Remembering the day the Vietnam War ended in 1975

Joris Nieuwint

Thanh Tan’s column on the 38th anniversary of the fall of South Vietnam brought back memories, and a chance to look at the two photos here. I took them on May 1, 1975, in one of the few places in the United States where the Communist victory was celebrated by a parade down the city streets: Berkeley, Calif.

I took the photos on Telegraph Avenue, a block from where I lived. In one, a man holds up a Vietcong flag (blue and red with a yellow star), and another, a red-and-black anarcho-syndicalist flag (though the white sign was held by a street Christian, or “Jesus freak”). In the other photo, a sign says, “All Indochina Must Go Communist!”


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