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A Special Guerrilla Unit flag flutters in the breeze as the dance troupe White Cloud performs during a Hmong-American Veterans Memorial Day program held Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Mt. View Lions Park.
Erik Hill
Veterans applaud during a Hmong-American Veterans Memorial Day program held Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Mt. View Lions Park.
Erik Hill
Some Hmong veterans wore the Vietnam Veterans National Medal authorized for them in 1997 at a Hmong-American Veterans Memorial Day program held Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Mt. View Lions Park.
Erik Hill
A parasol offers some shade during a Hmong-American Veterans Memorial Day program held Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Mt. View Lions Park.
Erik Hill
Alan Yang, left, and Arthur Yang emcee at a Hmong-American Veterans Memorial Day program held Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Mt. View Lions Park.
Erik Hill
Guests record the scene at a Hmong-American Veterans Memorial Day program held Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Mt. View Lions Park.
Erik Hill
Hmong veterans of the Vietnam war join in a moment of silence for lost Hmong and American comrades during a Hmong-American Veterans Memorial Day program held Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Mt. View Lions Park.
Erik Hill
Hmong veterans of the Vietnam war view a performance by the White Cloud dance troupe during a Hmong-American Veterans Memorial Day program held Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Mt. View Lions Park.
Erik Hill
Active duty soldier Sgt. Ly Kong addresses Hmong veterans during a Hmong-American Veterans Memorial Day program held Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Mt. View Lions Park. He said his own father fought on behalf of the United States during the Vietnam war. Kong, himself wounded by an IED in Iraq, lauded the sacrifice of the veterans. "I bleed for my country," he said. "These guys bled for our country, too!"
Erik Hill
Forrest Powell of the Alaska Dept. of Military and Veterans Affairs presents honor coins to Hmong veterans of the Vietnam war during a Hmong-American Veterans Memorial Day program held Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Mt. View Lions Park.
Erik Hill
Honor coins are distributed during a Hmong-American Veterans Memorial Day program held Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Mt. View Lions Park.
Erik Hill
A Special Guerrilla Unit flag flutters in the breeze as the dance troupe White Cloud performs during a Hmong-American Veterans Memorial Day program held Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Mt. View Lions Park.
Erik Hill
Veterans applaud during a Hmong-American Veterans Memorial Day program held Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Mt. View Lions Park.
Erik Hill
Some Hmong veterans wore the Vietnam Veterans National Medal authorized for them in 1997 at a Hmong-American Veterans Memorial Day program held Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Mt. View Lions Park.
Erik Hill
A parasol offers some shade during a Hmong-American Veterans Memorial Day program held Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Mt. View Lions Park.
Erik Hill
Alan Yang, left, and Arthur Yang emcee at a Hmong-American Veterans Memorial Day program held Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Mt. View Lions Park.
Erik Hill
Guests record the scene at a Hmong-American Veterans Memorial Day program held Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Mt. View Lions Park.
Erik Hill
Hmong veterans of the Vietnam war join in a moment of silence for lost Hmong and American comrades during a Hmong-American Veterans Memorial Day program held Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Mt. View Lions Park.
Erik Hill
Hmong veterans of the Vietnam war view a performance by the White Cloud dance troupe during a Hmong-American Veterans Memorial Day program held Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Mt. View Lions Park.
Erik Hill
Active duty soldier Sgt. Ly Kong addresses Hmong veterans during a Hmong-American Veterans Memorial Day program held Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Mt. View Lions Park. He said his own father fought on behalf of the United States during the Vietnam war. Kong, himself wounded by an IED in Iraq, lauded the sacrifice of the veterans. "I bleed for my country," he said. "These guys bled for our country, too!"
Erik Hill
Forrest Powell of the Alaska Dept. of Military and Veterans Affairs presents honor coins to Hmong veterans of the Vietnam war during a Hmong-American Veterans Memorial Day program held Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Mt. View Lions Park.
Erik Hill
Honor coins are distributed during a Hmong-American Veterans Memorial Day program held Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Mt. View Lions Park.
Erik Hill
Alaska Dispatch