The Vets Come Rolling In
An electric, one-of-a-kind atmosphere awaits PVA convention attendees in New Orleans.
Veterans will find themselves immersed in tantalizing aromas, sweet sounds, and unique culture Aug. 14–18 as the 66th Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) National Convention and Annual Meeting visits New Orleans.
Influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Africa, and elsewhere make New Orleans a melting pot of history, culture, and traditions. Tantalizing bowls of gumbo, sultry sounds of jazz music, historic neighborhoods, and a vibrant nightlife only begin to scrape the surface of the Big Easy.
The National World War II Museum includes a Sherman tank and a C-47 fighter plane.
Getting to Work
There are a lot of things to see and do in New Orleans, but there is also a lot of work to be done during the convention.
One of the biggest items on the agenda is electing PVA leaders. Statements from candidates running for various offices are included in this issue of PN. These elected officials will be tasked with leading the organization during some tough economic times.
When the day’s work is done, it’s time to enjoy New Orleans, and a great place to start for any veteran is The National World War II Museum.
Located only several blocks from the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, The National World War II Museum is focused on an American experience during the war years. Originally created as The National D-Day Museum, it was designated by Congress as “The National World War II Museum” in 2004.
The museum looks at WWII from the beaches of Normandy to the sands of Iwo Jima with three floors of personal accounts, artifacts, documents, photographs and original film footage. Permanent exhibits include a look at the home front, a focus on the Pacific Theater, and two large displays on D-Day.
The museum is fully accessible and also features a theater, as well as the Soda Shop and American Sector restaurants (nationalww2museum.org).
What is an out-of-town trip without some great food? Few cities in the world can go toe-to-toe with the delicacies found in New Orleans.
French, Spanish, Italian, African, Native American, Cajun, Chinese, and Cuban influences create very distinctive flavors and dishes. Toss in the freshest seafood in the country and a touch of New Orleans flair and you have an amazing dining experience.
For more information on the convention, visit pva.org and for more information on New Orleans, visit neworleansonline.com.
The Vets Come Rolling In
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