(Washington, D.C.)--Duery Felton, who recently retired from the National Park Service, will receive the Vietnam Veterans of America Lifetime Achievement Award for Public Service at VVA’s 17th biennial National Convention, on Saturday night, July 25, at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield, Illinois.
Felton, who was severely wounded in the Vietnam War, is being honored for his pioneering work as the head of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection—the collection of more than 400,000 objects that have been left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and carefully collected, archived, and stored.
“Duery, a long-time VVA member, began working at the National Park Service part time in the late 1980s,” VVA President John Rowan said. “He was the first person to realize the importance of what was being left at The Wall, and he went on to become the collection’s most dedicated advocate. Every Vietnam veteran owes him a debt for that, and we’re proud to honor him at the Saturday night Awards Banquet.”
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 also be holding its National Convention.
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, and Dr. Timothy Miller, the renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Anderson and Miller also will receive awards at Awards Banquet.