International journalists have returned to Vietnam this weekend to mark the 25th anniversary of the end of the conflict of the Vietnam War.
They've made the pilgrimage with memories of harrowing experiences, good friends and an exhilarating place in modern history.
Three decades ago journalists were involved in a war like never before.
On Saturday, they came together in Ho Chi Minh city to share memories of the Vietnam conflict that changed their lives forever.
The access the journalists had, the unfolding situations and the first really televised war made its share of stars.
It also gave the opportunity to hundreds of journalists to advance their careers.
But sadly it also saw many cut down in their prime along with millions of Vietnamese and American soldiers and civilians.
At the top of the Rex hotel late Friday many of the era's top journalists reminisced.
Richard Pyle was an AP reporter for much of the war and went back to visit his old office on this trip.
He is currently working for the Associated Press in New York.
"All the sadness and all the other elements of it helped to make it one of the greatest story of the decade and one of the greatest stories of the 20th century and the fact that I was here gives me solace and comfort every day, I wouldn't trade it for anything."
SUPER CAPTION: Richard Pyle, Associated Press
Another party took place on Friday, this one for Vietnamese veterans of the conflict.
Although they considered themselves on the other side of the war from AP's Nick Ut, they welcomed him to take pictures at their party.
Time has healed many old wounds, but grim memories still haunt those who documented the struggle.
"When you are a photo journalist, the war your story every every day. I cover, I very enjoy cover the war, but in fact I see people die every day. I say when the war will stop? I see the people, every time I go to my assignment, I see the body everywhere, I say please war be stopped soon. I don't want any more war. I hate war."
SUPER CAPTION: Nick Ut, Associated Press
Ut, who now works in AP's Los Angeles bureau, lost his brother in the war.
His brother was also a photographer for the AP.
Nick worked alongside George Esper, who remained in Vietnam even after the war's end.
George founded AP's new Hanoi bureau in 1994, almost twenty years after the war ended.
"It was an exhilarating story. You would go through this period of great fear when you were in trouble in the field. And then you would have this period of exhilaration feeling what a great story, I've got to write this story right now. And seeing my friends die, like Henri Yu and Nick Ut's brother, and others to me it is something that has affected me all of my life."
SUPER CAPTION: George Esper, Associated Press
AP moved the details of the war and also most of the memorable images.
This woman is the widow of the man in the picture, a member of the Viet Cong who was executed by South Vietnamese security forces.
This photo not only shocked the world but also informed her about her husband's fate.
"A friend of mine brought me the newspaper and then I found out what had happened to my husband."
SUPER CAPTION: Nguyen Thi Lop, War Widow
Jacques Chaudensson covered the war for an international television agency.
He describes the mood on April 30, 1975 as strange with no one knowing exactly what to anticipate until the liberation forces finally arrived.
"And then there was this unbelievable scene of the South Vietnamese army where the soldiers would take off their uniforms and lay their weapons and then walk away as civilians, mixing with the crowd."
SUPER CAPTION: Jacques Chaudensson, Retired Journalist
Journalists all select their favourite moments in the euphoria of the end of the war.
Their coverage stands as a unique record in journalism.
"I see very happy, I a cannot say anything now.
Q- You think it's right to stop fighting?
A- Yes that's all right yes because the Vietnamese people are fighting more than 25 years now so now that we stop fighting I am happy, very happy."
SUPER CAPTION: voxpop
Of course, there was so much more than the finish to the war for those journalism veterans of the Vietnam conflict.
Being in the middle of battles, taking the same risk as soldiers elevated their profession.
And the images they brought back shaped world opinion.
Nick Ut's famous photo of the Vietnamese girl burned by napalm won him the Pulitzer Prize.
"When we said we lost, we lost the country, I was so sad, I went to call all my family my friends, I don't know when I come back but today I am back home to see my family to see all the people, the war is over."
SUPER CAPTION: Nick Ut, Associated Press
But now they return to a land at peace and can enjoy taking their time in helping the world understand the war that gripped the world for a decade.