Gov. Tony Evers signs a bill in May 2021 establishing May 14 as Hmong-Lao Veterans Day. (Gov. Tony Evers)
Gov. Tony Evers ordered the U.S. and Wisconsin flags to be flown at half-staff on Saturday to honor Hmong-Lao Veterans Day.
Last year, Evers signed a bill designating May 14 to honor the Hmong-Lao people, many of whom fought with the U.S. during the Vietnam War. May 14 is the 47th anniversary of the last day of airlift evacuations of Hmong-Lao soldiers from Laos to a refugee camp in Thailand.
After the war, many of the veterans resettled in the United States and a significant number of them came to Wisconsin.
“Last year, I was proud to sign 2021 Wisconsin Act 31 into law to not only recognize and honor Wisconsin’s Hmong-Lao veterans but to ensure future generations of Wisconsinites continue to learn about and understand the critical role Hmong-Lao people played in the Vietnam War,” Evers said. “On Hmong-Lao Veterans Day, we join all Wisconsinites in honoring the sacrifices and service of the thousands of Hmong-Lao veterans who fought alongside the United States and recognize the many Hmong-Lao veterans who call Wisconsin home today.”
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