Today, May 14, 2013, marks the thirty-eighth anniversary of the fall of Long Cheng, a United Hmong air base in Laos during the Laotian Civil War. Many Hmong refugees and their families immigrated to the United States after the civil war, and today over 60,000 Hmong Americans are residents of Minnesota.
Like many immigrant groups before them, Hmong refugees resettled to the United States to escape war and persecution, to find opportunities, and to better their lives and the lives of their children.
Hmong Americans are helping build a vibrant and diverse Minnesota, contributing socially, politically, and economically to our state. In honor and recognition of the history, culture, and contributions of Hmong Americans in Minnesota, Governor Dayton has proclaimed today, May 2013, to be Hmong American Day in Minnesota.
VIDEO: KSTP – Inaugural Hmong American Day
PROCLAMATION: Hmong American Day in Minnesota