Celebrations have begun several months after charges were dropped against 13 Hmong elders. They were accused of trying to overthrow the Laoation government in 2007. The celebration was for Hue Vang, just one of the 13 accused. The late General Vang Pao was among the group.
A horse-drawn carriage holding the body of the late Gen. Vang Pao passed thousands of sobbing mourners in military uniform and traditional Hmong dress Friday, as crowds gathered in downtown Fresno to begin an elaborate, six-day funeral service.