Details about a Lao-Hmong national memorial will be revealed at a weekend event featuring traditional music, food, entertainment, artwork and the display of a restored T-28 warplane representative of the aircraft flown by Hmong pilots during the Vietnam era.
During the Saturday open house at Fleming Field in South St. Paul, the National Lao-Hmong Memorial committee will unveil the artwork and design of the memorial.
An actual T-28 fighter-bomber will serve as the centerpiece of the memorial when it is created, officials said. Hundreds of Hmong pilots flew the planes in the “Secret War” in Laos during the Vietnam War from 1960 to 1975.
Their mission was to prevent the Viet Cong and their allies from using the Ho Chi Minh Trail through Laos to supply American adversaries in South Vietnam.
More than 35,000 Hmong soldiers were killed during their efforts to support the United States in the war.
The open house is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Fleming Field, 1725 Henry Ave. in South St. Paul. The event is open to the public.