Nancy Thao holds a portrait of General Vang Pao at her Fresno home Thursday, January 27, 2011. Thao has always thought highly of Gen. Vang going back to when she was a child. She even cries when people call her radio show to talk about him. She had annually brought her daughter to the Hmong new year to hear him speak. And since his death, she put up a portrait of him in a place of honor in her front room.

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