LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) — Plans for the construction of a memorial honoring Hmong Vietnam War Veterans were discussed at a meeting on Sunday.
The Hmong community, veterans and city councilors rallied at the HCCA Community Center to speak about the approved structure and urge community members to donate to the historic cause. Local La Crosse veteran Louis Ferris is behind the project and hopes to dedicate the project in July at Veterans Freedom Park.
“I don’t think any of us could imagine a La Crosse without a Hmong New Year or this community center or just all of the contributions the Hmong people make on a daily basis,” Mayor Tim Kabat said. “To have this statue, this work of art and this memorial represent a piece of that story is truly remarkable.”
One goal for the memorial is to help younger generations remember that the Hmong people fought with the United States and sacrificed a lot for the country.
“This is going to be a strong friendship between American and Hmong people here in the United States, not just La Crosse, ” Milwaukee Refugee Resettlement Director Steven Xiong said.
The estimated cost of the project is $40,000. If you’re interested in donating contact Ferris at 608-784-9576.