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Hmong and Lao veterans honored with statues in La Crosse

Brad Williams

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Rep. Ron Kind speaks at the unveiling of a statue of Hmong and Lao soldiers at La Crosse's Veterans Freedom Park

Two statues of Hmong and Lao soldiers have been dedicated, as the latest memorial to be installed at a north La Crosse park.

The statues honor Hmong and Lao soldiers, who helped U.S. troops in Vietnam. They were dedicated Saturday morning at the Veterans Freedom Park, along Clinton Street.

Two local Hmong veterans posed for the statues made by Sparta sculptor David Oswald.

The Hmong and Lao memorial is the latest to be placed at the local park, with La Crosse veteran Louis Ferris heading the fundraising effort.

Other statues in the park honor veterans of World War I and Korea, and female nurses from World War II.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.