Appleton, Wis. (January 29, 2011) – The Hmong community in Wisconsin held memorial services this week to honor the life and contributions of General Vang Pao as the last farewell and heart-felt of his legacy from January 29, through February 6, 2011 at Richmond Hall in Appleton.
The Honorable Phagna Norapamok General Vang Pao passed away on the evening of Thursday, January 6, 2011 in Fresno, California. Hmong traditional funeral services will be held at the Fresno Convention Center starting from Friday, February 4, through Wednesday, February 9, 2011.
Mr. Kor Xiong and Chong Lo Lee, served as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Wisconsin event respectively.
“With the passing of General Vang Pao, his family and the Hmong community have lost a great Hero, father and leader,” stated Chong Lo Lee, Co-Chair of the Memorial Service and Director of The Hmong-American Partnership.
“General Vang Pao was an advocate for democracy, human right issues and the resettlement of the Hmong in the United States, Thailand, France and others,” he added. “With his great leadership, he will be remembered as the most iconic leader among the Hmong People.”
With Chungyia Thao as master of ceremonies, there were individual and organizational presentations from Hmong Lao Veterans of Wisconsin, Inc., including Board President Nao Tou Lor.
There were also presentations from the United States National Defense Force Support Commander – 49th Civil Affairs Support Division of Appleton Police Department United States National Defense Corps – 98th Division, and SGU Veterans Eastern Chapter and several Hmong soldiers and veterans.
Some notables offering remarks included Mr. Za Blong Vang, President of Hmong Community of Wisconsin; Mr. Nhia Chong Vang, representative to General Vang Pao; Mr. Yong Thao Vang, president, Hmong-American Partnership; Wa Yia Thao, president, WUCMAA; Wa Meng Yang, president, 18 Council of Wisconsin; Appleton Mayor Tim Hanna; Youa True Thao, chairman, Lao Hmong Summer Festival
Lunch was provided by Hmong American Partnership on behalf of the Hmong Community in the Fox Valley area, followed by continuing public respects for the general public until evening.
Closing remarks were presented by Colonel Blong Thao.