Sunday, July 20, 2008

July 19th Lao Fundraising Party, Minnesota

Here are some scenes from a special fundraising party sponsored by the Lao Veterans of Minnesota at VFW Post 7051 in Golden Valley, MN on Saturday, July 19th.

This fundraising party was to raise money for a memorial dedicated to the Royal Lao Armed Forces at the Minnesota State Capitol.

Veterans, friends and their families came from across Minnesota to support the event, featuring several popular Lao singers and entertainers performing traditional and modern work.

The organizers thanked all the volunteers who helped make the event a success. There is still money that needs to be raised, but this was a good start.

The monument will honor the Royal Lao Armed Forces and the lives of those who, for the principles of freedom, liberty and democracy, made great sacrifices during the conflict known as the “Secret War”.

The total cost for the monument construction is $450,000. The State of Minnesota will pay most of the cost; but the remaining portions are the responsibility of the Hmong and Lao communities.

The Lao specifically need to secure $25,000 to be part of the construction committee.

For more information, you can contact the Lao Cultural Center at 2648 West Broadway Avenue. Minneapolis, MN 55411 or call 612.302.9048.

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