Suab Hmong News exclusive covered Hmong-Lao Memorial fundraising event on January 25, 2014. The goal is to raise $150,000.00 to match with Minnesota State $350,000.00 to build the Hmong-Lao Veteran Statue at the Capitol of the State of Minnesota.
Click here to watch Paolee Vang, Reporter for Suab Hmong News, special covered the Hmong-Lao Memorial Fundraising event.
Yia Michael Thao, Fundraising Committee, said that they currently raised $90,000.00 as January 25, 2014 and still need $60,000.00 to reach the goal of $150,000.00 by the end of March 2014.
Click here to visit Lao-Hmong Website and help to donate to build the Hmong-Lao Statue.
Below are Hmong-Lao Memorial Mission and History taken from their website:
Our mission is to build the Minnesota Hmong-Lao Veterans Commemorative Memorial to honor military personnel and citizens who served in the “Secret War” in Laos and to hlep ensure that they are not forgotten, as well as to provide education to the younger generations.
The Commemorative Memorial will be a permanent testament to the enduring human spirit that survives and continues to move humanity forward.
The Minnesota Hmong-Lao Veteran Statue Committee was established after successfully organizing a memorial vigil on the Minnesota State Capitol grounds in 2000. The purpose of the vigil was to honor veterans who served during the “Secret War” in Laos from 1960 to 1975. The memorial vigil brought hundreds of participants to the site and it remains an honored annual community event.
The idea of placing a statue on the Capitol grounds followed in 2004 the Hmong Veterans Statue Bill was introduced to the Minnesota State Legislature by Representative Cy Thao and Senator Steve Murphy. The Minnesota State Legislature passed the bill and the memorial vigil group put together a planning committee to develop a strategic plan. The planning committee consists of members from the community, representatives from four veteran organizations (Lao-Hmong American Coalition of Minnesota, Minnesota Lao Veterans Association Inc., SGU Veterans and Families of USA, Inc., and the United Royal Lao Armed Forces & SGU.
In May 2007, the planning committee worked with the State Capitol Architectural Area Planning Board to designate a site on the State Capitol grounds for the war memorial and to bid for the architectural design. Now with the site allocated and the design obtained, the next phase is to raise funds to build the Minnesota Hmong-Lao Veterans Commemorative Memorial.