SUAB HMONG NEWS (09/26/2016) – The Hmong-Lao Veterans Memorial Statue unveiled to the public in Wausau, Wisconsin on 09/24/2016.
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The Hmong-Lao Memorial has a base and three statue on the top. One Hmong soldier on the left, an American pilot on the middle, and a Hmong civilian on the right.
“The three statue do not represent anyone at all. They are just the symbol statue of the memorial to remember the Hmong-Lao Veterans” said TongBlia Xiong, Member of the Hmong-Lao Veterans Memorial committee.
Xiong continues said that the project started December 2010.
Peter Yang, Representative from Hmong American Center, said the total costs for the Hmong-Lao Veterans Memorial was $240,000. The total donation from the communities and donors was $260,000.
“The $260,000 helped to cover all the costs for the Hmong-Lao Veterans Memorial project” said Peter Yang.
Distinguish guests included public officials from the City of Wausau as well as the Marathon County.
Wachong Vang, one of the son of General Vang Pao, was the keynote speaker at the event.
Wachong Vang said during the Suab Hmong News interview that he would like to see a statue of General Vang Pao unveil to the public in the state of Wisconsin.
Col. Wangyee Vang from California attended the event and given a speech of the history of the Hmong and American allied in Laos during the Vietnam War.
There were seven flowers to honor and remembering the sacrifices of the recognized seven groups of the Hmong and Lao served during the Secret War in Laos; Hmong and Lao Civilians, Hmong and Laos Medical Staff, Hmong and Lao Educators, Hmong and Lao Polices, Hmong and Lao Pilots, and Hmong General Vang Pao.
A helicopter was flying twice on the sky to honor and remembering the Hmong-Lao Veterans. A T-28 fight plane was scheduled to fly to honor the Hmong and Lao Veterans but unable to fly due to technical issues.