New Exhibit Proposed to Honor Hmong and Lao Veterans

Sen. Jerry Petrowski and Gov. Scott Walker are in the early stages of adding a new exhibit to the Veteran's Museum in Madison. The exhibit will be the first to honor the state's Hmong and Lao veterans who fought in the Vietnam War.

"That heroism was never really recognized publicly, and I think by having this museum it's going to tell that story of the Hmong and their sacrifices and support of our nation," said Sen. Petrowski.

The senator and Gov. Walker are working with more than 40 Hmong veterans to record personal stories that will be displayed in the exhibit.

Xiong Lo, a Hmong and local of Wausau, said, "I think it would be very important that my children be able to see my uncle and grandfather who actually fought in the Vietnam war tell their story."

The new exhibit will also honor General Vang Pao, the commander of the Secret Army during the 1960's and 70's. And feature military paraphernalia used by Hmong and Lao people during the war.

Sen. Petrowski says they hope to have a grand opening sometime next year.

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