04 Feb '11, 8pm

DTN Asia: Hmong remember Vietnam 'secret army' general: Thousands of ethnic Hmong paid their last respects Frida...

FRESNO, California (AFP) - – Thousands of ethnic Hmong paid their last respects Friday to Laotian general Vang Pao, who led a CIA-backed "secret army" in the Vietnam war, at the start of a six-day funeral service in California. Military veterans who fought alongside him joined family and community mourners at the start of the traditional funeral in Fresco, California, near where he died last month. His coffin draped in the red, white and blue of the Stars and Stripes was borne into Fresno's convention center where tens of thousands of Hmong from the US and abroad were expected to gather over the weekend. Rows of black-clad mourners joined ranks of soldiers in uniforms and khakis, as well as bagpipers in kilts who had accompanied the casket into the hall, to the strains of Dvorak's "New World" Symphony. "Today our Laotian nation has lost of... one of its outstanding sons," ...

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