Details of Lao-Hmong National Memorial, honoring Vietnam-era service, to be unveiled

A weekend event featuring traditional music, food, entertainment, artwork, and a display of a restored T-28 warplane representative of the aircraft flown by Hmong pilots during the Vietnam era will reveal details about a Lao-Hmong national memorial.

The National Lao-Hmong Monument committee will present the artwork and concept of the memorial during the open house on Saturday at Fleming Field in South St. Paul.

When the monument is built, a genuine T-28 fighter-bomber will be the focal point, according to authorities. Between 1960 and 1975, hundreds of Hmong pilots participated in the “Secret War” in Laos.

Its goal was to stop the Viet Cong and their allies from supplying American foes in South Vietnam by exploiting the Ho Chi Minh Trail via Laos.

Over 35,000 Hmong warriors lost their lives while attempting to aid the US in the conflict.

On Saturday, September 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be an open house at Fleming Field, 1725 Henry Ave. in South St. Paul. The public is welcome to the event.

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