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Flags to fly at half-staff today in honor of Hmong-Lao Veterans Day

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Hmong-Lao veterans will be recognized across the state today for their efforts during the Vietnam War. Gov. Tony Evers has signed Executive Order #224, ordering the flags of the United States and the state of Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff on May 14 in honor of Hmong-Lao Veterans Day.

“Hmong-Lao veterans bravely and selflessly fought side-by-side with U.S. troops during the Vietnam War with many ultimately facing harsh retribution for doing so, including being forced to flee their homelands. These veterans are an important part of our state’s story and our history,” said Gov. Evers in a statement. “Today and every day, we recognize their remarkable sacrifices, reflect upon the profound contributions they have made to our communities and our state, and express our gratitude for their commitment to upholding and defending the freedoms and values we hold dear.”

During the Vietnam War, thousands of Hmong-Lao people courageously fought alongside the United States and, following the end of the war, faced harsh retribution from the Vietnamese and Lao governments for their service. Many Hmong-Lao soldiers and their families were ultimately forced to flee their homes, and many later resettled in communities throughout the United States, including in Wisconsin. Today, Wisconsin is home to the third-largest Hmong population in the United States.