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Colonel Wangyee Vang Memorial Ceremonies: National Laos, Hmong Leader To Be Honored
U.S. Secret Army Veterans' Honor Guard, Community to Memorialize Passing of National Lao Hmong Veterans Leader
Lao Hmong veterans will gather to mark the passing of Colonel Wangyee Vang and co-host national veterans memorial ceremonies that will precede his three day funeral services. Ethnic Lao and Hmong veterans and their families who served with military and clandestine forces in the 'U.S. Secret Army' in Laos will participate. Colonel Wangyee Vang was the founder of the LVA, the nation's largest Lao- and Hmong-American veterans' non-profit veterans organization which is headquartered in Fresno, California. Colonel Wangyee Vang helped spearhead efforts in Washington, D.C. for the dedication of the first national monument to honor Lao Hmong veterans in Arlington National Cemetery on May 14-15, 1997 ("Laos Memorial") as well as the "Hmong Veterans Naturalization Act", which granted honorary American citizenship to tens of thousands of Hmong veterans and their families in the United States.
In Washington, D.C., a wreath-laying and memorial ceremony will be held simultaneously on March 13 at Arlington National Cemetery and the Vietnam War Memorial to help honor Colonel Vang.
Colonel Wangyee Vang served as a Southeast Asian refugee and community leader in the Lao and Hmong community in the U.S. since the end of the Vietnam War. He was the founder and President of the LVA as well as the Lao Veterans of America Institute (LVAI) for over 21 years.. Wangyee Vang served in the 'U.S. Secret Army" in the defense of the Kingdom of Laos, and U.S. national security interests during the Vietnam War, from 1961-1975. He was 74 years old.
Following the honor guard ceremony, Major Cheurchai Vang, LVA President, will speak as well as other officials including U.S. Congressman Jim Costa, and family members of Colonel Wangyee Vang.
Date/Time: 9:00 A.M.-10 A.M., March 13,2021
Location: Faith Community Religious Facility, 1495 N. Chestnut Ave. Fresno, CA 93703
Cosponsors: the family of Colonel Wangyee Vang, LVA, LVAI, the CPPA, Members of the U.S. Congress and others.
Speakers: Major Cheurchai Vang, President, LVA;, Philip Smith Director, CPPA; Bee Vang, Director, LVA; U.S. Congressman Jim Costa, family members, and others.