Thousands of people have come to Fresno to attend New Years celebrations. On Tuesday, a statue was unveiled in honor of the late General Vang Pao.
Vang Pao, 81. A revered former general in the Royal Army of Laos, who led thousands of Hmong guerrillas in a CIA-backed secret army in the Vietnam war. Jan.
Organizers of the event estimate about 100,000 people will attend this year.
"He was my role model. He was one of a kind," said the General's son, Chineng Vang.
His son misses him in a much different way than anyone else. His father led thousands of Hmong guerrillas in a secret army in the Vietnam War. His comrades were there for the ceremony.
"They'll come from all over and see this," said Charlie Waters.
The statue depicts General Vang Pao overlooking his Laotian military base. Charlie Waters was his longtime political and legislative adviser. He was there for the General's last living moments in early January.
"His legacy is an enormous one," said Chineng.