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Humboldt Asians and Pacific Islanders in Solidarity (HAPI) strongly condemns the recent vandalism of the Crescent City’s Point of Honor monument honoring Del Norte County Hmong veterans who aided the US in its ‘secret war’ in Laos between 1962 – 1975 (“Point of Honor Memorial Vandalized,” The Triplicate, Oct 21, 2022). Names of the honored veterans were Soua Phia Lo, Vue Vang, Joua Pao Vang and Nao Toua Vue. The monument, only three years old, had been vandalized in the past, but last week it was toppled, broken, and its foundation cracked.

Americans must stand up against these hate crimes. Such vandalism desecrates the sacrifices these veterans made, and is an affront to all war veterans, as well as the Hmong community who have sought to make a home in the ‘land of the free and home of the brave.’

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