VVA National Leadership Conference Opening Event:
Wreath Laying at Greenville County Vietnam Veterans Memorial
|(Washington, D.C.)--The first formal
event of Vietnam Veterans of America’s biennial National
Leadership Conference in Greenville, South Carolina, will take
place on Tuesday afternoon, July 15, at 3 o’clock when
VVA’s four national officers and members of the Board of
Directors join with members of the South Carolina VVA to lay
a wreath at the Greenville County Vietnam Veterans Memorial,
located in Greenville’s Cleveland Park. The ceremony is
open to the public.
“It’s traditional for VVA to honor local Vietnam
War dead before we get on to the business of our National Leadership
Conferences and National Conventions,” said VVA President
John Rowan. “It is something we take very solemnly and
seriously. It is our honor to recognize those Americans from
the Greenville area who paid the ultimate price in Vietnam.” Rowan
will be joined in the ceremony by National Vice President Jack
Devine, Secretary Barry Hagge, Treasurer Alan Cook, Region 3
Director Bruce Whitaker, Region 9 Director Dick Southern, and
AVVA President Mary Miller. The Conference’s Opening Ceremonies
will take place on Wednesday morning, July 16, at 8:45 am.
The Leadership Conference will bring together some four hundred
Vietnam veteran advocates from around the nation. They will take
part in four days of seminars, meetings, and other activities.
VVA=s supporting organization, the Associates of Vietnam Veterans
of America, will hold its biennial convention and national elections,
and the Veterans of Modern Warfare (VMW) will have its founding
National Convention concurrently with the Leadership Conference.
Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation's only congressionally
chartered veterans service organization dedicated to the needs
of Vietnam-era veterans and their families. VVA's founding
“Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”