WAUSAU – A long-planned memorial for Hmong and Lao veterans of the Vietnam War will go up in June beside the Marathon County Courthouse. And it will weigh well over 20 tons in granite and bronze. A life-size sculpture of three men will stand on an eight-foot base.
The Hmong Vietnam War Veterans Memorial will show two Hmong soldiers supporting a U.S. airman. The story of the Hmong people’s journey from southeast Asia to Wausau will be etched in the stone, along with names of local veterans who supported the U.S. military during the Vietnam War.
Organizers of the memorial have worked on it since 2012 and raised $240,000 to make it a reality. It will be dedicated on June 25.
“This project has been a long time coming,” said Kham T. Yang, board president at the Hmong American Center. “We’re going to look back and see that it is a phenomenal thing we did.
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