Wreath-Laying Ceremony Honors Laotian And Hmong Vietnam War Veterans


Former U.S. Agency for International Development employee Michael... News PhotoArlington - Virginia,Arlington National Cemetery,Cemetery,Ceremony,Conflict,Dedication,Former,Giving,Horizontal,Kneeling,Laos,Laying a Wreath,Memorial Plaque,Occupation,Praying,USA,United States Agency For International Development,War,WorkingPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesARLINGTON, VA - MAY 10: Former U.S. Agency for International Development employee Michael Benge kneels and offers a prayer at the plaque dedicated to the U.S. Secret Army in the Kingdom of Laos during a memorial and wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery May 10, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. Supported by the United States and the Central Intelligence Agency from 1961 to 1973, the secret army of Hmong and Lao combat soldiers fought in the jungles of Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. Benge was held by the North Vietnamese Army as a prisoner of war from 1968 to 1973, enduring disease, starvation and watching his friends and fellow prisoners die. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)