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File #: RES 16-1024    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 6/8/2016
Title: Proclaiming MN Hmong Lao Secret War Special Forces Memorial Statue Recognition Day
Sponsors: Dai Thao
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Proclaiming MN Hmong Lao Secret War Special Forces Memorial Statue Recognition Day

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WHEREAS, from 1961 to 1975, during the Secret War, the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) ran a covert counterinsurgency operation in Laos that became known as the Secret War; and


WHEREAS, the CIA recruited Hmong Lao individuals from Laos to help fight the communists; and


WHEREAS, the Hmong Lao soldiers fought shoulder-to-shoulder with American soldiers; and


WHEREAS, the Hmong Lao were recruited initially to shield Laos from communist takeover, and were later instructed to interdict convoys of supplies on the Ho Chi Minh Trail; and


WHEREAS, these young Hmong Lao earned a reputation as capable, loyal, and brave fighters, and their service in combat proved to match the best guerrilla fighters in the world; and


WHEREAS, many Hmong Lao soldiers paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country, and our nation owes a debt of gratitude to them; and


WHEREAS, these Hmong Lao soldiers played an important and unique role in United States military history; and


WHEREAS, about 90,000 Hmong Lao Americans now live in Minnesota after the 1975 communist takeover as political refugees; and


WHEREAS, on June 4, 2003, Minnesota legislature approved the construction of the memorial on the Capitol Mall Monument to honor the Hmong Lao Veterans who served in the “Secret War” in Laos, during the Secret War; and


WHEREAS, in March 2013, funding legislation was introduced in the Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives and passed in the 2014 Bonding Bill; and


WHEREAS, in May 2014, the Governor signed and approved funding to build the memorial; and


WHEREAS, the majority of the memorial statue was funded by the Hmong-Lao American communities throughout the United States; and

WHEREAS, on May 16, 2015, the ground-breaking ceremony took place, beginning the initial foundation for the construction of the memorial statue; now, therefore, be it

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