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The Story Behind The South Vietnam Flag

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South Vietnam Flag

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This red and yellow flag was created by Le Dan Ve, and adopted by the South Vietnamese on June 2, 1948. This was when both the North and South were still controlled by the French. However, in 1976, the red flag of North Vietnam was adopted as the official ‘unified’ flag of Vietnam.

The South Vietnam flag meaning includes the colors of yellow and red, which symbolizes the sun, fire, light, and civilization. It represents the southern lands under the “Later Heaven” order. This flag has become a symbol for anti-communism, U.S. imperialism, democracy, and recollection of the past.

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South Vietnam Flag Interpretations

This flag has many interpretations of what the representation of it really is. To some, the three horizontal red lines represent the blood that was lost during the struggle for independence. Another idea is that the three lines represent the North, Central, and South Vietnam.

The state of South Vietnam no longer exists, but this flag is still used among other countries and private citizens and is referred to as the ‘Vietnamese Heritage and Freedom Flag‘.

The South Vietnam flag fell to communism in April of 1976. In South Vietnam, the government was replaced with armed forces and there were people located in the South that did want them and the North to be united. These people were known as Viet Cong, and even though they were from the South, they fought against the army of the South.

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This is the current Vietnam flag

The Flag And The War

In 1965, America sent our troops to South Vietnam to help fight against the Viet Cong and the North. America refers to this war as the Vietnam War, but many Vietnamese people call it the American War. In 1974, a ceasefire was signed and the American troops were taken out.

Then, in 1975, North Vietnam invaded South Vietnam, in which the South surrendered and the two became known as the ‘Socialist Republic of Vietnam’.

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This Flag Represents Much More

Many politicians and other people own or buy the South Vietnam flags. Any person that dishonors the flag is subjected to harassment, protests, or boycotts. There is an unwritten rule that says the flag can’t be stylized through art.

Some have said “This is what represents us as Vietnamese people. We are proud of who we are, and no one can take away our beliefs.”

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Is there still a South Vietnam?
On July 2, 1976, North and South Vietnam were finally unified. Saigon became Ho Chi Minh City, and Hanoi became the capital of the new Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

Is South Vietnam a real country?
South Vietnam, officially the Republic of Vietnam (RVN; Vietnamese: Việt Nam Cộng Hòa; French: République du Viêt Nam), was a country in Southeast Asia that existed from 1955 to 1975, the period when the southern portion of Vietnam was a member of the Western Bloc during part of the Cold War.

What are the two Vietnamese flags?
Until the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, South Vietnam used a yellow flag with three red stripes. The red flag of North Vietnam was made the official flag of the unified Vietnam in 1976.

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