ST. PAUL, Minn. (May 4, 2015) — Minnesota State Sen. Foung Hawj (DFL-67) participated in Vietnamese Remembrance Day on April 30, commemorating 40 years since the fall of Saigon.
After reading Governor Mark Dayton’s proclamation on the Senate Floor, Sen. Hawj joined Representative Hillstrom, Commissioner Chilito and others on the Capitol lawn to remember those lost in the war and celebrate the Vietnamese-American community.
“40 years ago, the Vietnamese people suffered so much from the tragedy of war. You lost your love ones, you lost your family, you lost your homes and sadly you have to leave your home country,” he said. “As a Hmong person from Laos, I remember the struggle we went through together as refugees. As a State Senator, I applaud the Vietnamese American community – your successes in business enterprise, your contributions to this land.”
Sen. Hawj applauded Vietnamese culture and values, noting their contributions to American culture and communities throughout the United States.
“I bow to your elders, I salute your veterans. Their sacrifices are why we’re here today,” Sen. Hawj concluded. “May the next 40 years be even more prosperous, may our children continue to remember their important ancestry.”