(Washington, D.C.)--The first formal event of Vietnam Veterans of America’s National Leadership and Education Conference in Wichita, Kansas, will take place on Tuesday afternoon, August 5, at 2:00 p.m., when VVA’s national officers join with the officers of VVA Kansas State Council and the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America to lay a wreath at the Vietnam War Memorial, located at Veterans Memorial Park located at 339 W. Central Avenue.
“It’s traditional for VVA to honor local 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 Sedgwick County who paid the ultimate price in service to our nation. And we will honor our Prisoners of War and those still Missing in Action.” Rowan will be joined by Ron Zink, VVA Kansas State Council, and Sharon Hobbs, National President of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America. The Conference Opening Ceremonies will take place on Wednesday morning, August 6, at 8:45 am, at the Hyatt Regency, located at 400 West Waterman Street.
The biennial Leadership & Education Conference will bring together some 350 VVA leaders from across the country. They will take part in four-and-a-half days of activities, including a wide selection of seminars. The subjects range from the elements of leadership--parliamentary procedures, the duties of the officers and board of directors, the management of chapters and state councils, and media outreach--to updates on veterans healthcare, successful membership recruitment and retention tools, and effective grassroots advocacy. VVA’s supporting organization, the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America (AVVA), is co-sponsoring the conference.