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National Lao Hmong Veterans Day Commemorated in Washington, Arlington Ceremonies
By: Center for Public Policy Analysis
"We again honor our Lao- and Hmong-American veterans and their families," said Major Cheurchai Vang, National President of the LVA, a national non-profit veterans organization headquartered in Fresno, and the Central Valley of California. "We also honor our past President Emeritus, and Founder, Colonel Wangyee Vang,, as well as all of our other veterans who died this year, and in previous years, including the many thousands who sacrificed their lives to defend Laos and United States' national security efforts during the Vietnam War."
"We again forever memorialize and honor the tens of thousands of Lao- and Hmong-American veterans of the Vietnam War in Laos, as well as their American military and clandestine advisors, who suffered and died in defense of the Royal Kingdom of Laos and the United States," said Philip Smith, Executive Director of the CPPA. "We are especially grateful for the important life and incredible sacrifices of Colonel Wangyee Vang, and his family, on behalf of the freedom loving Lao and Hmong people during the war, as well as the aftermath, in the refugee camps in Thailand, and during the extraordinary difficult exodus of Indochinese refugees resettled in the United States, France and elsewhere."
Flowers and prayers are once again being offered at veterans memorial ceremonies at the Laos Memorial in Arlington and at the Vietnam War Memorial marking over 24 years since the firstf national recognition ceremonies, and the dedication of the Laos memorial in Arlington National Cemetery, the nation's first national monument to honor Lao and Hmong veterans and their American advisors.
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