(Washington, D.C.) – Cheryl and Patrick Fries, who created the stirring
documentary In the Shadow of the Blade, will receive an award at
Vietnam Veteran’s National Leadership Conference at the Sheraton Downtown
Nashville Hotel on Friday, August 6. The President’s Award will recognize
their acclaimed feature-length film that documents the travels of a restored
Vietnam War Huey helicopter and its impact on Vietnam veterans across the
“In the Shadow of the Blade is an excellent film.
It’s a true tribute to Vietnam veterans,” said Thomas H. Corey, VVA’s
national president. “Cheryl and Patrick did an amazing job and we’re pleased
to honor them with this award. We have presented arts awards since 1987 and
are proud that VVA, alone among the national veterans service organizations,
recognizes contributions to American culture by Vietnam veterans and by
others whose work is influenced by the Vietnam War and its veterans.”
The film, which won the grand prize at the WorldFest-Houston
International Film Festival in 2004, will be shown several times at the VVA
National Leadership Conference, which begins on Wednesday August 4. The
conference brings together several hundred Vietnam veterans, who will attend
seminars, hear from an array of speakers, and take part in other activities.
The President’s Award also will be presented to the
legendary country music singer George Jones in honor of his recording of
“50,000 Names,” and to the renowned choreographer Twyla Tharp, for her
creation of the Broadway musical Movin’ Out. Tharp and the Fries will
attend the conference to receive their awards; George Jones will send a
videotaped acceptance speech.