Image by: Ian Pham / Freedom For Vietnam
Good news! As readers of Freedom For Vietnam, you can now follow this blog on Instagram.
The Freedom For Vietnam Instagram account was put into Beta testing a little earlier than last year (if by Beta testing, one means creating an account, not telling anyone about it, and then forgetting that it exists for the next 12 months), and is now ready to be officially unveiled to the public.
On top of providing you top quality content via this blog, Freedom For Vietnam will now be able to stay in touch with its readers through the magic of sharing pictures and emojis and stuff. Not only can you communicate with me by commenting on this blog like always, you can now also communicate with me through the Instagram photos’ comments section, try to slide into my DMs, and then have me not reply to your messages. It’ll be a grand old time!
Jokes aside, I am very excited to implement this new Instagram feature. I have some plans in store for you all, in terms of original social media content, which I will gradually unveil as they become ready. Moreover, I will be sharing existing quality content both from around the web and elsewhere, thus creating an amalgamation of personal and outside works, all as a means to exemplify the beauty and sophistication of Vietnamese history and culture. Hopefully, you will find the material enjoyable, educational, and inspirational.
If you have not seen the account yet, here is a rundown of what you’ve missed so far:
This is the first original wallpaper created by Ian Pham for the blog "Freedom For Vietnam." It was designed in honor of South Vietnam's armed forces, the Army of the Republic of Vietnam, and is made to commemorate them on the annual "South Vietnamese National Armed Forces Day." The centerpiece of this picture is the flag of South Vietnam's military, and the writing below is the official motto of the Republic of Vietnam and its armed forces. #SouthVietnam #Freedom #ARVN #History #Military #Vietnam #Art
This beautiful and iconic photo was taken by Benjamin Vu on April 30, 2010 at Westminster, California, USA. Known among Vietnamese communities overseas as "Black April," April 30 is a day of commemoration for the fall of the nation of South Vietnam to the Communist North. Every year, on the 30th of April, Vietnamese communities across the free world gather to remember the former Republic of Vietnam, the brave soldiers who gave their lives in defense of the nation and its ideals of freedom and democracy, and the refugees who fled South Vietnam in the wake of the communist takeover and thereafter, in search of a better life. The year 2010 marks the 35th anniversary of Black April and the fall of Saigon. According to the photographer, the woman in the photo was in attendance at the memorial event in California, and was standing next to this Heritage and Freedom flag for a very long time. #Freedom #Memorial #SouthVietnam #Woman #Flag #Beauty #Photography #BlackApril #NoFilter (Via https://flic.kr/p/7XBtuA)
Freedom For Vietnam would like to kick off 2016 with a show of gratitude to the brave soldiers who fought and gave their lives for our freedom. To the soldiers of South Vietnam, and the soldiers of the United States, thank you for your service, and thank you for your sacrifice. We will always remember. On a separate note, we would also like to begin the new year with our obligatory middle finger to the communists in Vietnam. It's the right thing to do. Fuck you, communism. Cheers to 2016! #2016 #SouthVietnam #USA #HappyNewYear #Freedom #SupportTheTroops #FuckCommunism
(Sy Bean/The Seattle Times) "A member of the color guard holds the South Vietnam flag during the 50th anniversary of the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Day in Seattle. The celebration commemorates the thousands of men who served and sacrificed their lives for the former Republic of Vietnam." This photo is from 2015. #Photography #SouthVietnam #RepublicOfVietnam #Military #ARVN #Flag #NationalArmedForcesDay #Freedom Quote and picture source: Bean, Sy. "Seattle Marks 50th Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Day." The Seattle Times, June 21, 2015. Accessed June 20, 2016. http://www.seattletimes.com/photo-video/seattle-marks-50th-republic-of-vietnam-armed-forces-day/
(Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times) "South Vietnamese flags are displayed during a 2001 Tet celebration in Westminster." Article by Anh Do from the Los Angeles Times. #Photography #SouthVietnam #RepublicOfVietnam #Flag #Freedom #Heritage #Vietnam #Vietnamese #History #Tet #LunarNewYear #VietnameseNewYear Photo and quote source: Orr, Francine. "Nearly 40 Years After War's End, Flag of South Vietnam Endures." Los Angeles Times. December 27, 2014. Accessed January 4, 2017. http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-ff-south-vietnamese-flag-20141228-story.html.
This is just the start.
Furthermore, just in case you are one of the people who stumbled upon this account within the past year, and had questions about its authenticity, your fears can now be alleviated. This account is legitimate, it is real, and is the official Instagram account of this here Freedom For Vietnam blog.
So, if you have a minute, pay a quick visit to the freedomforvietnam Instagram page above, give it a follow, like some pictures, make some comments, and tell your friends, families, and acquaintances. The more word gets out and the more followers this account receives, the farther our message of freedom will reach. We have an opportunity, not only to connect with the many vast Vietnamese communities all over the world, including within Vietnam, but also to reach everyone else at large, in all communities across the world.
I look forward to continuing to write for you all on here, and am now excited to provide you with awesome content in other social media outlets as well. Thank you so much for your continued support, words cannot describe the gratitude I have for all of you readers. Thank you!
Happy 2017, everyone. See you on Instagram. 🙂 ❤ 😀