Ceremony to honor Hmong hero set for Friday Read more: http://lacrossetribune.com/news/ceremony-to-honor-hmong-hero-set-for-friday/article_3747cd8e-3693-11e1-a155-001871e3ce6c.html#ixzz1mJpkRs1X

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Wisconsin Lao Veterans of America Chapter 8 will hold a white flower and candle lighting event Friday at the Hmong Culture Community Center, 1815 Ward Ave., in honor of General Vang Pao, who died in January 2011.

Pao, a U.S. ally who commanded CIA-funded guerrillas in the jungles of Laos during the Vietnam War, is revered as a leader and father figure by the Hmong and Lao people he helped to resettle across the globe after Saigon fell. He died at age 81 near Fresno, Calif., after battling pneumonia.

The candle lighting event marks the first anniversary of the general’s death and the new year


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