South Viet Nam: A Stake Worth Fighting For

Giant orange-and-white umbrellas fashioned out of parachutes lined the mall to Saigon's Independence Palace, and everywhere the capital blossomed in red-and-yellow South Vietnamese flags. U.S. Vice President Hubert Humphrey, Korean Premier Chung Il-Kwon, Thai Deputy Premier Praphas Charusathien and the emissaries of some 20 other foreign governments journeyed to Viet Nam to witness this week's inauguration of President Nguyen Van Thieu and Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky. To celebrate the occasion, all Saigon zestfully prepared to take a brief holiday from war in a 48-hour round of ceremony and state receptions, fireworks displays and a giant National Day military parade.

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