RLA Attend a Monument Dedication to Lao War Veterans

image2Members from the Royal Lao Airborne attended a monument dedication to Lao War Veterans in Elgin, Illinois on July 19, 2014. With national pride for the countries of Laos and United States, distinguished Lao American Veterans stood tall as they were recognized and honored for their courage and loyalty serving in the “Secret Wars” during the Vietnam War era. The soldiers and their families were filled with emotions, and deeply appreciated the respect, dignity and honor that acknowledged their loyalty and service to the US and to the Royal Lao Military. With this memorial, the spirit of courage, loyalty and friendship is forever cemented, remembered and celebrated by both the Lao and American peoples.

The Royal Lao Airborne Commander Major General Khambang Sibounheuang, along with other RLA members, was honored to attend this event and cherished reuniting with old comrades in arms to reminisce about their exploits. They also got the opportunity to meet US Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth; a highly decorated combat veteran, having served as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot in the Ilinois Army National Guard. When Iraqi insurgents shot down her chopper with an RPG, Mrs Duckworth lost both legs and suffered grievous injuries to her right arm. They also got to meet with Senator Micheal Noland, and Major General Khambang Sibounheuang was honored to present his book “Spirit of White Dragon Two” to the Senator. Check out the photos below.

 

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