D.C. ) - Singer Nancy Sinatra will receive the President’s Award for Excellence in the Arts at Vietnam Veterans of America’s 13th biennial National Convention at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois, on Saturday, July 21. Nancy Sinatra will be honored for her service to veterans throughout her extraordinary career as an entertainer. Her dedication to veterans began with a USO tour of Vietnam in 1967, and she has made support for troops and veterans a signature commitment ever since.
“It is a privilege to honor Nancy Sinatra,” said VVA national President John Rowan. “She was among the first entertainers to entertain troops in the field in Vietnam. Every year since she has made the concerns and issues of veterans a priority. Along the way she has been a ground-breaking rock and roll star, a movie star, and a performer who has used her talent and fame to benefit not only veterans, but victims of the East Asian tsunami, as well.”
Sinatra exploded on the rock scene in 1966 with the No. 1 hit “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ ” and followed with several other chart-topping songs. She recorded the title song for the James Bond movie “You Only Live Twice,” before hitting No. 1 once again with “Somethin’ Stupid,” a duet with her father, Frank. She later appeared in many feature films and TV shows as she continued to do benefit shows for veterans. A long-time feature of Nancy Sinatra’s live performances is a “shout-out” to veterans and active-duty military in her audiences, to whom she has said “Welcome Home!” to roars of appreciative applause.
An estimated 700 delegates from local chapters will join hundreds of other Vietnam veterans and guests at the VVA National Convention in Springfield, Illinois, which begins on Wednesday, July 18. The delegates will set the organization’s course for the next two years, elect national officers and the Board of Directors, hear from an array of speakers, attend information sessions, and take part in special events.