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S.R. No. 64, as introduced: 91st Legislative Session (2019-2020) Posted on February 21, 2019

1.1A Senate resolution
1.2honoring the life and service of Eng Lia Her.
1.3WHEREAS, Eng Lia Her was born in 1957 in Luang Prabang, Laos, to father Xia Sau Hawj
1.4and mother Vab Thoj; and
1.5WHEREAS, from 1970 to 1974, Her served as a soldier in the Special Guerilla Unit under
1.6General Vang Pao and from 1975 to 1978, he was discharged after the war and worked as a
1.7construction worker paving the major road number 13 from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng in Laos;
1.9WHEREAS, in 1978, the Lao Communist regime began purging former American insurgents,
1.10leaving Her to escape into and live in the jungles of Laos; and
1.11WHEREAS, in June 1979, Her married Cho Lee and after three years living in the jungles
1.12of Laos, he and his family arrived in the Ban Vinai Refugee Camp in Thailand in 1981; and
1.13WHEREAS, in July 1981, Her and his family came to St. Paul and made Minnesota their
1.14home; and
1.15WHEREAS, in 1983, Her and his family moved to Eureka, California, still maintaining very
1.16strong involvement in the Hmong community in Minnesota; and
1.17WHEREAS, in Eureka, he received an A.S. degree to be an auto mechanic and worked at
1.18an auto shop for 15 years; and
1.19WHEREAS, Her and his wife had eight children and they now have eight grandchildren;
1.21WHEREAS, he is a cultural advisor as a Mej Koob (Hmong marriage broker) and a Kav
1.22Xwm (Hmong traditional funeral advisor); and
1.23WHEREAS, he is a Chair of a family nonprofit called Dawb Cawv Liag to preserve the
1.24Hmong language and culture and served as a New Year Chair for many years; and
1.25WHEREAS, Her retired in 2018 at the age of 60 but continues to be active in both the Hmong
1.26Minnesota and California communities pushing economic growth and the continuation of higher
1.27education in Hmong youth; and
1.28NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the State of Minnesota that it
1.29honors Eng Lia Her, who has been a true leader and pillar to the Hmong community, and commends
1.30him for his outstanding military service and service to his community, state, and country.
1.31BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of the Senate is directed to prepare an
1.32enrolled copy of this resolution, to be authenticated by the Secretary's signature and that of the
1.33Chair of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, and transmit it to Eng Lia Her.
Cal R. LudemanSecretary of the Senate Paul E. GazelkaChair, Senate Committee onRules and Administration
Foung HawjState Senator, District 67

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