Original Vietnam War Service Worn Pre 1975 Small Flag of South Vietnam - 11” x 19”
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a rare Flag of South Vietnam which was taken home by a USGI before the fall of Saigon in 1975. This example is constructed of a nice light cotton canvas fabric and is offered in very good service condition. This flag is relatively small, and measures approximately 19” wide and 11” tall. It is a dyed multi-piece construction with a hang side channel that has loops at the end. It looks to have seen quite a bit of use before being brought back. There are some small rust stains, but not any tears or holes that we can see.
A nice faded example, ready to display!
The flag of South Vietnam served as the South Vietnamese national flag during that country's existence from 1948 to 1975. The flag, being of a defunct state, is no longer officially used in Vietnam today, but is still shown and used overseas by many Vietnamese emigrés, particularly those residing in North America and Australia.
The flag was originally inspired by Emperor Thành Thái in 1890, and was revived by Lê Văn Đệ and re-adopted by Emperor Bảo Đại in 1948. It was the flag of the former State of Vietnam (the French-controlled areas in both Northern and Southern Vietnam) from 1949 to 1955, and later of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) up until 1975, after the fall of Saigon. The flag consists of a yellow field and three horizontal red stripes and can be explained as either symbolizing the unifying blood running through northern, central, and southern Vietnam, or as representing ☰, the symbol for "south" (as in, south from China (Vietnam itself) and also nam meaning south), in Daoist trigrams.
Although the South Vietnamese state ceased to exist in 1975, today the South Vietnamese flag still finds use among private citizens in other countries. Many Vietnamese emigrés (Việt kiều), particularly former South Vietnamese citizens who fled Vietnam in the late 1970s and 1980s as Boat People, consider the current Vietnamese flag offensive as they see it as being representative of the socialist administration they opposed and fled. From June 2002 onward, in the United States, at least 13 U.S. state governments, seven counties and 85 cities in 20 states have adopted resolutions recognizing the yellow flag as the Vietnamese Heritage and Freedom Flag. In contemporary Vietnam, attempts to display this flag had resulted in prosecutions for "propaganda against the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam".
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