SUAB HMONG NEWS – The committee of the Hmong 40th Years Festival in France invited Senator Foung Hawj of Minnesota to open their event ceremony titled “Hmoob Yuav Tsum Hlub Hmoob” on August 1, 2015 held in Aubigny-sur-Nère, France.
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Senator Foung Hawj visited and paid respect to the Hmong Morts Pour La France 1945 – 1954 memorial statue located near the Hmong 40th Years Festival area. “Hmong Pour La France” translated to English “Hmong died for France”. The statue is a symbol to honor and to remember the Hmong who fought a long side with the French from 1945 to 1954 in Laos. “May the descendant of those who fought and died during the French Indochina war be prosperous” said Senator Foung Hawj.
Senator Foung Hawj opened the ceremony for the Hmong 40th Years Festival and participated the event for two days. “Today is a happy day for Hmong especially those in the free world to remember every good day from 40 years ago until today” said Senator Foung Hawj.
Senator Foung Hawj then visited the 250 Hmong families live in Nimes, France. Most of these families are industrial farmers. Mr. Alexander Xiong and Mr. Pao Ly are the owners of two major vegetable distributions in the Nimes area.
Many Hmongs from the United Stated went with Senator Foung Hawj to participate the Hmong 40th Years Festival in France including several of his supporters and advisers; Mr. Adam Chai Lee, Dr. Ilean Her, Mr. Charles Vu, Mr. Thaying Her, and former Laotian Principal Chai Voua Her.
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