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Branson’s Veterans Week 2019 - Complete List of Events!

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Branson’s Veterans Week 2019 - Complete List of Events!

The most special of events in Branson is fast approaching...sure, it’s still August, but it’ll be November before we know it!  There’s something that happens in November that’s even more highly anticipated than the early start date of Branson’s Christmas season, and that’s the annual celebration where we pull out all the stops to showcase the weeklong Branson Veterans Homecoming 2019!  No destination loves a celebration more than Branson, and there are so many incredible events, festivals, and other huge happenings throughout the year, but nothing is quite as meaningful as paying our sincere respect...our authentic reverence for their service...our genuine love and affection for our nation’s most treasured heroes - our veterans.  

For 2019, here’s what Branson has in store for the annual Veterans Homecoming:

Veterans Village at Ballparks of America

Building Two - 1000 Pat Nash Drive

Tuesday, November 5 through Sunday, November 10

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Mess Hall Lunch - 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Daily - FREE for Veterans ($6 for guests)

Day Room - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Daily   Vendors Village - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Daily

Schedule of Events

Event:  Sixth Annual Veterans Trout Team Tournament  Features & Details: hosted by Vietnam Veterans of America - two (2) person teams - lunch provided - cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place plus other prizes - entry fee is $75 per team

Location:  Scotty’s Trout Dock & Marina on Lake Taneycomo - 400 Boxcar Willie Drive (at Branson City Campground)

Schedule:  pre-Veterans Week event - Saturday, October 26 - 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Event:  Veterans Sporting Clays Shoot  Features & Details:  fundraiser - 100 targets, lunch, door prize drawings included in fee of $75 - shotguns available for rent ($10) and shooter provides own shells - trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place 

Location:  Ozark Shooter Sports Complex

Schedule:  Sunday, November 3 - all day

Event:  Tribute to Veterans Worship Service  Features & Details:  Barbara Fairchild & Roy Morris with special guests - FREE admission

Location:  Branson Famous Theatre - 645 MO Highway 165

Schedule:  Monday, November 4 - 10:00 a.m.

Event:  Veterans Week Opening Ceremony  Features & Details:  hosted by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 913 - guest speaker is retired Command Sgt. Maj. Robert A. (Marty) Marterella, Vietnam veteran and public relations director for VVA 913 - Chapter will post colors and present the wreath - rifle volley and taps will be played - opening and closing prayer offered by Barry Werner

Location:  Welk Resort Theater - 1984 MO Highway 165

Schedule:  Tuesday, November 5 - 11:00 a.m. 

Event:  Vets for Vets Celebration Show  Features & Details:  Yakov Smirnoff with special guests - FREE admission with no tickets - open first come, first served seating - donations accepted to offset expenses

Location:  The Mansion Entertainment Center - 189 Expressway Lane

Schedule:  Tuesday, November 5 - 1:00 p.m.

Event:  WWII Mini Reunion  Features & Details:  no reservations necessary

Location:  Branson Event Center (suite 4740) in The Shoppes at Branson Meadows - 4230 Gretna Road

Schedule:  Tuesday, November 5 - 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Event:  Shindigs Welcome Home Show  Features & Details:  4th annual event - hosted by POW Network - open to all veterans and their families - FREE admission, no reservations required

Location:  Branson Event Center (suite 4740) in The Shoppes at Branson Meadows - 4230 Gretna Road

Schedule:  Tuesday, November 5 - 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Event:  POW/MIA Service of Remembrance  Features & Details:  outdoors at the Vietnam Memorial Wall (inclement weather will move the event indoors) - FREE admission - everyone welcome 

Location:  Welk Resort Theater - 1984 MO Highway 165

Schedule:  Wednesday, November 6 - 8:00 a.m.

Event:  Branson IMAX Military Film Festival  Features & Details:  award-winning documentaries of true life stories - “Girl Who Wore Freedom”: an unconventional love story between the people of Normandy, France and the American GIs who freed them from German occupation, told by those who lived it - Special Guests: Christian Taylor, Film Director & Dany Patrix from Normandy, featured in the film - FREE for veterans - $5 for all other guests

Location:  IMAX Entertainment Complex - 3562 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway

Schedule:  Wednesday, November 6 - 8:30 a.m. 

Event:  WWII Veterans Honored  Features & Details:  hosted by Branson Veterans Task Force

Location:  Ballparks of America Complex - Building 2 - Veterans Village Day-room - 1000 Pat Nash Drive

Schedule:  Wednesday, November 6 - 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Event:  Branson IMAX Military Film Festival  Features & Details:  award-winning documentaries of true life stories - “Scramble the Seawolves”: story of the US Navy’s first and only dedicated attack helicopter gunship squadron; the Seawolves became the most decorated squadron in the Vietnam War and in Naval aviation history - Special Guests: Jeff & Shannon Arballo, Director & Producer - FREE for veterans - $5 for all other guests

Location:  IMAX Entertainment Complex - 3562 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway

Schedule:  Thursday, November 7 - 8:30 a.m. 

Event:  Sandbox Party  Features & Details:  hosted by Mel’s - FREE to all veterans who served in the “sandbox” - biscuits & gravy and more will be served

Location:  Mel’s Hard Luck Diner in the Grand Village Shops - 2800 West Highway 76 a.k.a. The Strip

Schedule:  Thursday, November 7 - 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  

Event:  Navy Memorial Service  Features & Details:  hosted by Westgate, Carl Dietrich, and additional members of the military community - public bell tolling ceremony honoring the lives and service of Naval shipmates - FREE - open to public - for more information, contact: becky_jewsbury@wgresorts.com or at 417.332.3557

Location:  Grand Pavilion at Westgate Branson Woods Resort - 2201 Roark Valley Road

Schedule:  Thursday, November 7 - 9:00 a.m.

Event:  Homefront Heroes/Spouses’ Luncheon  Features & Details:  in honor of the heroes at home

Location:  Branson Event Center (suite 4740) in The Shoppes at Branson Meadows - 4230 Gretna Road

Schedule:  Thursday, November 7 - 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.

Event:  Branson IMAX Military Film Festival  Features & Details:  award-winning documentaries of true life stories - “Girl Who Wore Freedom”: an unconventional love story between the people of Normandy, France and the American GIs who freed them from German occupation, told by those who lived it - Special Guests: Christian Taylor, Film Director & Dany Patrix from Normandy, featured in the film - FREE for veterans - $5 for all other guests

Location:  IMAX Entertainment Complex - 3562 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway

Schedule:  Friday, November 8 - 8:30 a.m. 

Event:  Korean War Veterans Honored  Features & Details:  group photo taken

Location:   Ballparks of America Complex - Building 2 - Veterans Village Dayroom - 1000 Pat Nash Drive

Schedule:  Friday, November 8 - all day

Event:  Medics, Nurses & Combat Vets Mini Reunion  Features & Details:  hosted by Westgate - honoring the medical personnel who saved lives in combat zones - for more information, contact: becky_jewsbury@wgresorts.com or at 417.332.3557

Location:  Grand Pavilion at Westgate Branson Woods Resort - 2201 Roark Valley Road

Schedule:  Friday, November 8 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Event:  Branson IMAX Military Film Festival  Features & Details:  award-winning documentaries of true life stories - “Chosin”: The survivors of the Chosin Reservoir Campaign of the Korean war tell their story after 60 years of silence. In the winter of 1950, 15,000 soldiers fought 78 miles in communist China to freedom, and saved the lives of 98,000 civilian refugees. FREE for veterans - $5 for all other guests

Location:  IMAX Entertainment Complex - 3562 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway

Schedule:  Saturday, November 9 - 8:30 a.m. 

Event:  Hot Rods & Heroes  Features & Details:  nightly shows - Shine Car Show - vehicle participation in Veterans Day Parade - lodging available - for more information, contact: becky_jewsbury@wgresorts.com or at 417.332.3557

Location:  Westgate Branson Woods Resort - 2201 Roark Valley Road

Schedule:  Saturday, November 9 through Monday, November 11 - all day

Event:  Walmart Tribute  Features & Details:  FREE for veterans - note that “tribute” and “luncheon” will be held in two separate locations

Location:  Tribute at Mansion Entertainment Center - 189 Expressway Lane & lunch at Branson Event Center (suite 4740) in The Shoppes at Branson Meadows - 4230 Gretna Road 

Schedule:  Tribute: Saturday, November 9 - 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. & Lunch: Saturday, November 9 - 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Event:  Rose Petal Ceremony - 15th Annual Tribute to Women Veterans  Features & Details:  appreciation gathering - Ret. Col. Michele Hovland is guest speaker - FREE for women veterans/active duty personnel, $10 to $12 for all others to cover cost of luncheon - RSVP to 417.337.8387 or bvtf-mo@hotmail.com

Location: Majestic Theatre in Suite 200 - 2849 Gretna Road   

Schedule:  Saturday, November 9 - 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.

Event:  Korean War Veterans Mini Reunion  Features & Details:  FREE for veterans and their families

Location:  Stone Castle Hotel & Conference Center - 3050 Green Mountain Drive

Schedule:  Saturday, November 9 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Event:  Vietnam Veterans Tribute Show  Features & Details:  hosted by Clay Cooper - FREE - no reservations required or accepted - `first come, first served seating

Location:  Clay Cooper Theatre - 3216 West Highway 76 a.k.a. The Strip

Schedule:  Sunday, November 10 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Event:  4th Infantry Division Hospitality Room  Features & Details:  4th Infantry Division veterans and active duty personnel invited - can march in Veterans Day Parade

Location:  Savannah House - 165 Expressway Lane

Schedule:  Sunday, November 10 - 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Event:  23rd Annual Military Gala & Banquet  Features & Details:  all military branches and conflicts, as well as the public are welcome - USMC birthday cake - entertainment - dancing - fireworks - reservations required - attire options: uniform, mess dress, formal, cocktail, or business - valet parking & door drop-off available - tables of 10 - POW/MIA candlelight service - couple & group photos - beverages for toasts provided at table - souvenir program - POW Patriotism Award - beef & chicken combo dinner - $55 per attendee

Location:  Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa, & Convention Center - 415 N State Highway 265

Schedule:  Sunday, November 10 - 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. - reception, cocktail hour, & photos at 5:00 p.m. - dinner call at 5:50 p.m.

Event:  Veterans Sunrise Service  Features & Details:  sunrise flag raising & wreath laying ceremony

Location:  College of the Ozarks - next to Williams Memorial Chapel - 100 Opportunity Avenue, Point Lookout (Hollister)

Schedule:  Monday, November 11 - 7:00 a.m.

Event:  Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial Reading of Names  Features & Details:  reading of all names on the Memorial in Patriots Park

Location:  College of the Ozarks - Patriots Park (near entrance to college) - 100 Opportunity Avenue, Point Lookout (Hollister)

Schedule:  Monday, November 11 - 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Event:  Branson Veterans Day Parade  Features & Details:  hosted by Vietnam Veterans of America Post 913 - floats - marching bands - military & veterans organizations - classic cars

Location:  Historic Downtown Branson

Schedule:  Monday, November 11 - 11:00 a.m.

Event:  Tree Dedication at Patriots Park  Features & Details:  tree dedication for the December 2019 Patriotic Education Travel Program participants

Location:  College of the Ozarks - Patriots Park (near entrance to college) - 100 Opportunity Avenue, Point Lookout (Hollister)

Schedule:  Tuesday, November 12 - 11:00 a.m. 

Branson folks have heart, we’re as comfortable saying we love something as we are wearing a pair of cozy old slippers, but there’s something quite different about Branson’s love of veterans - it’s reflected everywhere, whether it’s every day when the doors open at the Veterans Memorial Museum, or every time an entertainer takes the time on stage to acknowledge veterans and active duty military in their audience, or that one big moment each year when an entire week is dedicated to those who’ve sacrificed their time and everything they hold dear at home to serve their country, all so that we can enjoy the type of freedom that only comes with the sacrifice of others.