MEDIA ADVISORY: Legacies of War Celebrates Historic Achievements at 10th Anniversary Dinner

Posted: Jul 3, 2014


Legacies of War Celebrates Historic Achievements at 10th Anniversary Dinner

WHAT: Legacies of War will celebrate an historic increase in U.S. funding for the clearance of unexploded ordnance (UXO) and UXO victim support in Laos at a dinner on July 15, marking the 10th anniversary of the organization’s founding. The event highlights Legacies’ achievements in the past decade, above all the most recent passage of FY 2014 budget bill, allocating a record $12 million to aid the UXO sector in Laos. The evening will feature a Mekong Night Market of Southeast Asian street food, an award presentation for congressional and community honorees, cultural programs, and a special preview of what’s ahead in addressing the UXO issue in Laos.

Honorees include:

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy

U.S. Representative Mike Honda

U.S. Representative Betty McCollum

U.S. Representative Eni Faleomavaega

Honorary Host Committee Members:

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (VT)

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)

U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-3)

U.S. Representative Judy Chu (CA-27)

U.S. Representative Eni Faleomavaega,American Samoa

U.S. Representative Doris Matsui (CA-6)

U.S. Representative Betty McCollum (MN-4)

U.S. Representative Jim McGovern (MA-2)

U.S. Representative Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48)

WHEN: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

6:00 pm

Cocktail Reception

Mekong Night Market

Silent Auction

7:00 pm–9:00 pm

Street Food Dinner

Musical Performance

Presentation of Awards

WHERE: District Architecture Center, 421 7th St NW, Washington, DC

WHY: During the Vietnam War, millions of bombs were dropped on Laos, tragically making it the most heavily bombed country in the world, per capita. Approximately 80 million pieces of ordnance still remain in the ground today, threatening lives and communities and posing significant obstacles to Laos’ economic development. For the past ten years, Legacies of War has been devoted to raising awareness of the history of the bombing of Laos, advocating for increased resources to address UXO, and healing the wounds of war. With the historic increase in funding, Legacies is celebrating this milestone, reflecting on its decade-long effort, and looking forward to a future of a bomb-free Laos.

How: For interviews or additional information please contact Channapha Khamvongsa, Executive Director, 703-868-0030,

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