Brampton to honour Vietnam refugees with first Journey to Freedom Day ceremony

Published April 20, 2023 at 9:23 am

Brampton will be honouring refugees who fled the war in Vietnam with its inaugural Journey to Freedom Day ceremony later this month.

First established in 2015, Journey to Freedom Day commemorates the journey of Vietnamese refugees in search of peace and a new home after the fall of Saigon during the Vietnam War in April 1975.

The City of Brampton will be parking in the commemoration for the first time this year with a ceremony and a day of traditional Vietnamese performances.

“On this day and every day, we honour the contributions of Vietnamese Canadians in making Brampton the unique, thriving and inclusive community it is,” Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown said in a release. “During Journey to Freedom Day, we commemorate the lives lost and recognize those who settled in Canada. I look forward to gathering with the Vietnam Veterans Association of Ontario to reflect on this journey and honour all that the future holds.”

Journey to Freedom Day is on April 30, but residents are invited to City Hall on April 29 at 12:00 p.m. for a flag-raising followed by a reception with food, music and performances.

For more information on the City of Brampton’s inaugural Journey to Freedom Day ceremony visit www.brampton.ca/events.

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