OF THE DRAGON OF ANNAM
OF 30 OCTOBER 2002
IMPERIAL ORDER OF THE DRAGON OF ANNAM
BY THE COMMAND of the IMPERIAL NGUYEN DYNASTY OF VIETNAM, and the sacred succession of OUR beloved Imperial Nguyen Forefathers and Ancestor Emperors, AND acting in pursuit of the cause of the COMPLETE LIBERATION OF OUR FATHERLAND from her modern day oppressors, and as of the auspicious date of 30 October 2002, on the ninth hour of the morning, Central Standard Time of the United States of America, (which is the twenty-fifth of September, of the Year of the Horse), THE IMPERIAL ORDER OF THE DRAGON OF ANNAM is solemnly re-established under the protection of the Imperial Nguyen Dynasty of Vietnam, according to the Chapters and Articles established by the Order.
His Imperial Highness Prince Regent Nguyen-phuc Buu Chanh of Vietnam, Duke of Kien Hoa, Descendant of His Imperial Highness Prince Nguyen Phuc Mien Dieu, Duke of Kien Hoa, the 71st Prince of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Minh Mang, is recognized as Provisional Grand Master.
THE IMPERIAL ORDER OF THE DRAGON OF ANNAM is re-established so as to HONOR and RECOGNIZE those BRAVE AND FEARLESS PATRIOTS who contribute to the noble struggle to bring LIBERATION, INDEPENDENCE, NATIONAL UNIFICATION, FREEDOM, CULTURAL REJUVENATION and ASSISTANCE to the People and Country of Vietnam.
THE IMPERIAL ORDER OF THE DRAGON OF ANNAM IS RE-ESTABLISHED with the intent to further the cause of the Freedom of the Nation of Vietnam and to unite ALL OF OUR PEOPLE under a FREE and DEMOCRATIC traditional government.
WE charge that this Imperial Decree be RECOGNISED and RESPECTED by ALL who value FREEDOM.
PROVISIONAL GRAND MASTER
Prince Regent Nguyen-phuc Buu Chanh of Vietnam, Duke of Kien Hoa
THE IMPERIAL NGUYEN DYNASTY OF VIETNAM
DATED: 30 October 2002 / September 25, Year of the Horse
The Order of the Dragon of Annam had lain in abeyance for a period of 27 years following the tragic events that unfolded in the Fatherland of Vietnam and the communist take over. And although the Order had been awarded by both the French Colonial Government, and also the Republic of the South, it was then and has always been the Real, Personal and Dynastic property of the Imperial Nguyen Family of Vietnam.
In late 2002, the Imperial Nyugen Family proudly announced the restoration of the Order of the Dragon of Annam as a way of bestowing both Honor and Recognition to those Brave and Fearless Patriots who advance the struggle for the liberation of Vietnamese liberation, for the benefit of the Vietnamese People, and to encourage and protect the sacred traditional culture of Vietnam.
The Order's re-establishment in the 21st century began at exactly 9 AM (US Central Standard Time) on the 30th October 2002, (which is September 25, of the Year of the Horse).
That exact time was chosen as being especially auspicious after Prince Regent Nguyen-phuc Buu Chanh of Vietnam, Duke of Kien Hoa, discussed the re-establishment, and sought the advice of several venerable prophets of the Buddhist Faith. Since the restoration of the Order was announced the Imperial Family has received a tremendous amount of support, and were congratulated by leading members of the Buddhist, Roman Catholic, Protestant and Cao Dai Faiths as well as leading political dignitaries and prominent members of the Vietnamese exile community. Solemn ceremonies for the re-establishment of the Order of the Dragon of Annam were held at a number of very esteemed Religious Temples on the morning of the restoration.
-- Buddhist Venerable Thich Quang The, Chairman of Quang Minh Tu Temple in Illinois, which included a number of members of the Imperial Nguyen Dynasty in attendance.
-- Great Buddhist Venerable Thich Nguyen Tri, Chairman of Bat Nha Buddhist Temple in Santa Anna, California (local time is 7 AM) including two representatives of His Imperial Highness the Prince of Kien Hoa and other members of the Imperial Family.
-- Buddhist Venerable Thich Giac Minh, Chairman of Quan Am Tinh Xa Temple will celebrate at 7 AM at the Temple in El Monte, California which also included two representatives of the
-- Provisional Grand Master, His Imperial Highness Prince Regent Nguyen-phuc Buu Chanh of Vietnam of Vietnam, Duke of Kien Hoa and members of the Nguyen Dynasty.
-- Great Buddhist Supreme Venerable Thich Giac Luong, Chairman of Phap Duyen Tinh Xa Temple celebrated at 7 AM in San Jose, California with two representatives of the Prince of Kien Hoa and members of the Nguyen Imperial Family.
-- Great Buddhist Venerable Thich Huyen Viet, Chairman of Buu Mon Temple held the ceremony in the Temple of Port Arthur, Texas at 9 AM.
-- Respected Buddhist Venerable Thich Nguyen An, Chairman of Co Lam Tu Temple held celebrations in the Temple in Seattle, Washington State at 7 AM.
The Provisional Grand Master, His Imperial Highness Prince Regent Nguyen-phuc Buu Chanh of Vietnam of Vietnam, and his wife Princess Phan Lien Buu also received sacred news and good wishes for the future of the Nguyen Dynasty, the Nation and the People of Vietnam. by the Venerable Buddhist clergy.
The Imperial Nguyen Family has also asked all concerned people, and all Vietnamese patriots, to pray for the restored Order, and also for the struggle of the Monarchist movement toward the liberation of Vietnam. In future, the Order throughout the world will celebrate the 30th October as the Order's Feast Day, and prayers are asked of all people, of all religious creeds pray for the success of the Order in a free Vietnam at 9 AM US Central Standard Time or its equivalent in their area on that date.
The Imperial Order of the Dragon of Annam is the Real, Personal and Dynastic property of the Imperial Nguyen Dynasty of Vietnam
Historians and chivalry students please note:
In the West an order of chivalry is considered extinct 100 years after the death of the last Knight of that Order. On the 30 October 2002, there were still many Knights of the Imperial Order of the Dragon of Annam living, therefore historically the Order has never been regarded in the West as being extinct.
The French Colonial version of this Order (known as the Order of the Green Dragon of Annam or 'Ordre du Dragon Vert'), was placed in abeyance by the President of France, however this in no way impacted on the history, or the linial descent of the Imperial Order of the Dragon.
Ba Tuoc NGUYEN-PHUOC Minh-Kien
Member of Great Honor of the Nguyen Dynasty