Community members celebrate Hmong American Day

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)--- It’s a day to remember the contributions of the Hmong people to America and celebrating their history.

Tuesday is Hmong American Day. Hmong and refugee communities hosted a Hmong Refugee Day at the capitol.

The celebration began at the Overture Center for the Arts where six people were awarded scholarships by Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes.

While the Hmong population has overcome atrocities to come to the United States, they are still facing several challenges today.

“So we’re looking at how do we make sure mental health is being addressed in our community. Good quality of education we deserve in Wisconsin,” said Peng Her, CEO of Hmong Institute.

Nearly 200 Hmong adults, students, and other refugees from across the state attended the event.

Wisconsin has the third largest population of Hmong people.