On April 30, 1975 the communists troops swept across Saigon, forcing the U.S. backed government to surrender.
Talking about war is talk about loss and painful memories.
Quang Pham served two years in the army and then worked for the government. He had a cousin who worked for an American contracted, who helped him to escape. As he flew out of Vietnam, the airport was bombed. He says "We were lucky".
Nham Van Vo flew helicopters in the Vietnamese Air Force. He and a friend flew two helicopters to Thailand during the final days of Saigon. As the copters' fuel level became low, they landed, put all the gas in one aircraft and loaded all 17 people aboard for the rest of the flight to Thailand.
After living in refugee camps, he and his family eventually came to Oklahoma City. "We came here with nothing". He and his family have been back to Vietnam several times to see family. After he lost his mother, he decided he will never go back until the communists government falls.
Minh Ly was an officer in the Vietnamese Army. He got out of prison in 1982. It took him seven months to arrive in this country. "I love Vietnam. But the communists have destroyed my country".
Ly B Duong flew Huey helicopters in the Vietnamese Air Force, transporting Special Forces troops. He was shot in the leg in 1972. "I was scared to death. All, I wanted to do was kill them. They hurt me, I kill them".
He spent two years in a prison. He escaped by boat in 1980, along with 77 people. "I am very lucky to be here with my wife".
Vinh Nguyen was a Lt. Colonel in the Vietnamese Army. He escaped Vietnam by boat. "If I had stayed, I would be killed.
I feel very much pride, Vinh Nguyen said The reason we built this is to remember the Vietnamese soldiers and the U.S. troops servicemen and servicewomen who died in the war.