SUAB HMONG NEWS (05/14/2016) – Pa Mang Thao, President of Lao (Hmong) Veterans of Minnesota, led a delegation of Hmong Veterans from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, California, North Carolina, Washington, and Arkansas to pay honor to the memorial plate and a tree planted on May 15, 1997 by the United States at Arlington National Cemetery to remember Hmong who sacrificed their life serving under the CIA during the Secret War in Laos.
CLICK HERE to watch Suab Hmong News exclusive covered the Hmong Veterans paid tribute to the Hmong Memorial Stone plate and the tree at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C.
The delegation included a Hmong dancer group “Minnesota Angel”, Miss Hmong America 2016, Ms. Amy Vang, and a major Hmong Media, Suab Hmong News.
The delegation arrived in Washington D.C. on May 11, 2016.
On May 12, 2016, Mr. Thao led the delegation to the Senate House at the Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. to ask members of the Senate to support the bill 1358 which will give the right to the Hmong Veterans to burial in the National Veterans Cemetery in the State where they live.
Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington State inserted her name to support the bill 1358.
On May 13, 2016, Mr. Thao led the delegation to pay honor to the memorial plate and the tree planted on May 15, 1997 at the Arlington National Cemetery.
“This memorial plate and this tree are the symbol of who we are. It signifies the memory of Hmong who sacrificed their life to serve under the C.I.A. during the Secret War in Laos” said Pa Mang Thao, President of Lao (Hmong) Veterans of Minnesota.
Amy Vang, Miss Hmong America 2016, said it is very important for Hmong younger generation to know the memorial plate and the tree at Arlington National Cemetery.
Hmong Dancer “Minnesota Angel” performed dances at the Senate House, the Capitol Hill, Arlington National Cemetery, and Vietnam Memorial hall.
Minnesota Angel dancer group is the first Hmong dancer group ever performed at the Senate House, Capitol Hill, Arlington National Cemetery, and Vietnam Memorial Hall.