My family moved here in 91′ just when I was toddler at 2months. We came from a refugee camp back in Thailand. My parents didn’t know how or to read a single english word. I recall only seeing other hmong kids like me at school and family gatherings only when we were young.

Then one day The Armory happened. We had had our annual Hmong New Year celebration which was held there. There were many of hmongs dressed in traditional hmong clothing like me. I looked around and we dressed alike. Our outfits had coins, Our attire were black and most of us held a ball. I didn’t know we had that much hmong people in Sheboygan until the Armory.

Years went on and I grew up thinking The Armory was only meant for us Hmongs for our new year. One day my dad came home with some free circus tickets. I remember clearly because my dad had given me the ticket and they had power rangers on it. It was a must watch show! Somehow we ended up at The Armory. I was confused, it wasn’t Hmong New Year? ” Why would the power rangers come to the Armory?” , I asked myself and Why werent my Hmong people there.

Fast forward now a 5th grader, I had join Violin class in school. Never seen a violin before so I was intrigued. We had many practices and lessons in school. One day our violin instructor told us we would be going on a field trip to practice with other schools. Who doesn’t love field trips and to meet other kids who plays?! I was super stoked and couldn’t sleep because of a crush I had. She played the violin too and was from a different school that was going to be there as well. When we arrived.. I remember getting off the bus and looking at this huge building and guess what? It was The Armory.

Growing up in Sheboygan the Armory was just not a place for events but it was a time capsule that captured memories and special moments. I’m sad to hear the building will be leaving us but I am glad to had witness and to step foot in this wonderful building. To the Hmong New years, the orchestra, the circus, Christmas trees, and to host an NBA team!  Thanks for the memories.