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General Vang Pao Tribute

By: Carli Shingleton Email
By: Carli Shingleton Email

General Vang Pao was a powerful leader in the Hmong Community for the last 60 years. He died last month. The Wausau area is home to several thousand Hmong people.

Although some local residents could not make it to General Vang Pao's actual funeral in Fresno, California, they were able to pay their respects close to home. General Vang Pao's death on January 6th saddened many.

He led the Hmong people from Communism to freedom and helped fight on the side of the US during the Vietnam War. He was denied burial at the Arlington National Cemetary - but some are choosing to move forward.

"Let us not dwell on the little things but remember Vang Pao for the legenday leader he is and the legacy that will live on," says Bao Vang, a Sunrise 7 Anchor at WSAW-TV.

Each person that spoke offered kind words of the general. Memories of all that he did for the community and Hmong people are what they never want to forget.


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