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Lao Hmong American War Memorial

Portrait of a People - Hmong

 
 
Lao Hmong American War Memorial Portrait image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., March 19, 2011
1. Lao Hmong American War Memorial Portrait
Inscription.  
From 1961 to 1975 the Hmong and other Lao people of the highlands of Laos helped the United States fight against Communism in Laos and Vietnam. On December 31, 1960, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared, "We cannot let Laos fall to the Communists even if we have to fight." Because the Ho Chi Minh trail ran through the territory of the Hmong, the CIA recruited the Hmong and other Lao groups as a special guerrilla unit under the leadership of General Vang Pao to fight the spread of Communism throughout Southeast Asia.

After South Vietnam fell to Communist rule, Laos also became Communist. The Hmong, who had aided both the Royal Lao government and the Americans, were labeled as rebels by the newly established government and targeted for extermination. The Hmong fled their country and became political refugees.

They were offered safety and freedom in the United States, France, Australia, Canada, and other Western countries.

Thirty years after the Vietnam War ended, over 55,000 Hmong lived in the Central Valley of California. Fresno, California became home to the largest Hmong population outside Laos. Those
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that were once allies are now called friends, neighbors, and fellow citizens.

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Dedicated to the Lao and Hmong soldiers who fought courageously alongside American soldiers in Laos during the Vietnam War. Their demonstration of profound bravery, loyalty, and commitment to the United States during the Vietnam conflict is an inspiration to people of both countries.

This Memorial reminds future generations of our enduring appreciation of a people, a time, and a sacrifice that must never be forgotten.

This Memorial was made possible through the efforts of the City of Fresno, County of Fresno, and the Lao Hmong American War Memorial Committee and through the generous contributions of members of the Fresno community.

Dedicated December 21, 2005
Mayor Alan Autry
Fresno, California

 
Erected 2005 by City of Fresno, County of Fresno, Lao Hmong American War Memorial Committee and Concerned Citizens.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker and memorial is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & PatriotismWar, Vietnam. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #34 Dwight D. Eisenhower series list. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1841.
 
Location. 36° 
Lao Hmong American War Memorial Dedication image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., March 19, 2011
2. Lao Hmong American War Memorial Dedication
44.171′ N, 119° 47.387′ W. Marker is in Fresno, California, in Fresno County. Marker is on Van Ness Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Memorial is on the west grounds of the county courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fresno CA 93721, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fresno County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); Fresno (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Via Liberation (about 400 feet away); Purple Heart Memorial (about 500 feet away); William Saroyan (about 500 feet away); Honoring the Ex-Braceros and Their Contributions (about 500 feet away); David of Sassoon (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fresno.
 
Regarding Lao Hmong American War Memorial. The 6-foot bronze statue depicting two Hmong soldiers rescuing a wounded American pilot honors thousands of Hmong guerrilla fighters enlisted by the CIA during the Vietnam War. Many fighters settled in the San Joaquin Valley after the war, and today Fresno is home to one of the largest Hmong populations outside of Laos. [From Historical Fresno County Courthouse Park Walking Tour Brochure]
 
Also see . . .
1. Latioan Civil War. Wikipedia
Lao Hmong American War Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mandy Kirby, January 20, 2019
3. Lao Hmong American War Memorial
entry. (Submitted on September 20, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 

2. The Split Horn. (Submitted on March 21, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Historical Fresno County Courthouse Park Walking Tour. (Submitted on March 22, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Lao Hmong American War Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mandy Kirby, January 20, 2019
4. Lao Hmong American War Memorial
Lao Hmong American War Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., March 19, 2011
5. Lao Hmong American War Memorial
Fresno County Courthouse in background
Lao Hmong American War Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., March 19, 2011
6. Lao Hmong American War Memorial
Looking toward Van Ness Avenue
Lao Hmong American War Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., March 19, 2011
7. Lao Hmong American War Memorial
Lao Veterans of America
Lao Hmong American War Memorial Gratitude image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., March 19, 2011
8. Lao Hmong American War Memorial Gratitude
Lao Hmong American War Memorial Salute image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., March 19, 2011
9. Lao Hmong American War Memorial Salute
Lao Hmong American War Memorial Sponsors image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., March 19, 2011
10. Lao Hmong American War Memorial Sponsors
Lao Hmong American War Memorial Statue image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., March 19, 2011
11. Lao Hmong American War Memorial Statue
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 21, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 2,837 times since then and 179 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 22, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3, 4. submitted on January 20, 2019, by Mandy Kirby of Clovis, California.   5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on March 22, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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