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Gov. Evers signs bill designating May 14 as Hmong-Lao Veterans Day

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Wisconsin (WAOW) -- Governor Tony Evers has signed a bill designating May 14 as Hmong-Lao Veterans Day. The signing took place in Madison Friday.

“I’m honored to be here today as we express our respect and gratitude for the contributions of Hmong people both here in our state and across our country by declaring May 14th in Wisconsin as Hmong-Lao Veterans Day,” said Gov. Evers. “It’s not only important that we recognize the dedicated service of the Hmong-Lao veterans who risked their lives in the Vietnam War and their families made in coming to the United States, it’s also critical that we ensure future generations understand the sacrifices these individuals made in service.”

Several area representatives were there along with Hmong veterans.

The flags were then lowered in honor of the day.

The bill reads:

This bill creates Hmong-Lao Veterans Day, the purpose of which is to recognize Southeast Asians, Americans, and their allies who served, suffered, sacrificed, or died in the Secret War in Laos during the Vietnam War in support of the armed forces of the United States, and to recognize May 14, 1975, as the last day of airlift evacuation of officers and their families from the covert headquarters in Long Tieng, Laos, to the Nam Phong refugee camp in Thailand. The bill designates May 14 as
Hmong-Lao Veterans Day and requires the governor to annually issue a
proclamation for the observance of Hmong-Lao Veterans Day.

Courtney Terlecki

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