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Fayetteville mayor drops Vietnam sister-city plan

Posted September 17, 2010

— Mayor Tony Chavonne said Friday that he will no longer pursue plans for a sister-city relationship between Fayetteville and a city in Vietnam.

Chavonne heads a local committee that is planning a 10-day celebration of Vietnam veterans in 2011 that will culminate on Veterans Day. One of the early suggestions for the celebration was to become sister cities with Soc Trang in southern Vietnam's Mekong River Delta.

The idea has prompted persistent criticism in recent months, and on Friday, Chavonne said the time is just not right for a sister-city relationship.

During the Vietnam era, nearby Fort Bragg trained about 200,000 soldiers for war, and Fayetteville became known as "Fayettenam" during anti-war protests. The city has tried for decades to shed that image.


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  • Justin T. Sep 21, 2010

    What a concept... especially since everyone I know already calls it "Fayettenam".

  • Sherlock Sep 20, 2010

    Good idea, I dropped a lot of friends there.

  • ncwiseguy Sep 17, 2010

    fayettenam..........a town that trained thousands of military personnnel......that fought in vietnam, many of whom lost their lives fighting for the united states.....

    no way should fayetteville........a proud city........be connected in any way to vietnam

    we owe that much and more to the military.......

  • tatermommy52 Sep 17, 2010

    like chewed up grass from a tall horse...