Local memorial held for General Vang Pao

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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Kher Thao from Hmong Association Inc. speaks at the memorial service.

Kher Thao from Hmong Association Inc. speaks at the memorial service.
Photo by David Frank Dempsey

More than 100 people from northern Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri attended a memorial service for General Vang Pao at the Decatur Community Center last Saturday.

General Vang Pao served as an international political and cultural leader for the Hmong people. He was revered as a military hero who led the Hmong guerrilla army in a CIA-backed battle against communists during the Vietnam War.

The general is also credited with helping resettle tens of thousands of Hmong refugees in the United States. He died on Jan. 6 in Clovis, Calif., at the age of 81.

The Decatur memorial service, which was hosted by the Hmong Association, Inc., was one of many across the country over the past few weeks. According to ...

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