(Washington, D.C.) --Vietnam Veterans of America will hold its 17th biennial National Convention July 21-25, 2015, at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield, Illinois. Some eight-hundred delegates from VVA chapters across the country are expected to join hundreds of other Vietnam veterans and guests in Springfield, along with members of the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America (AVVA), which will be holding its National Convention in conjunction with the VVA event.
The delegates will set the organization’s course for the next two years, hear from an array of speakers, attend information sessions, and take part in special events. That includes the Awards Banquet, which honors Vietnam veterans and others in the arts and sciences, on Saturday evening, July 25.
“We’re excited to be going back to Springfield, where we held our 2007 National Convention,” said VVA National President John Rowan. “The city really rolled out the red carpet for our members and made the Convention a big success. We look forward to more Midwestern hospitality in July.”
Former Vietnam War Prisoner of War William Robinson will deliver the Keynote Speech at the Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday morning, July 22. Other special guests scheduled to take part in the Convention include Vietnam veterans Walter Anderson, the former editor-in-chief of Parade magazine; Dr. Timothy Miller, the renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon; and Duery Felton, the long-time curator of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection of objects left at The Wall in Washington. D.C., Anderson, Miller and Felton will receive awards at the Convention’s culminating event, the Saturday Night Awards Banquet.