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Branson Honors Our Nation’s Veterans Like No Other Destination Can

   
Branson Honors Our Nation’s Veterans Like No Other Destination Can

The most treasured salute to our nation’s veterans takes place every November in Branson, Missouri.  Although the love and gratitude Branson feels for these undeniable heroes is something that’s demonstrated throughout the year, for one week in early November, that genuine respect and affection is amped up and delivered like a big bear hug!  Special events, reunions, gatherings, and more are held from November 5 through November 11 this year, anchored by the Vendor Village, which is organized by the Branson Veterans Task Force, and located at the Ballparks of America Complex.  

We’ve collected a list of activities and events scheduled during Veterans Week in 2017; this is not a comprehensive list of every event or gathering that will take place, nor does it include special recognitions, offers, and other happenings that may occur throughout Branson during this very special week.

Here’s what we know about Branson’s 2017 Veterans Week:

  • Vendor Village - Ballparks of America (Building 1) - November 5 through 10 - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    • Ballparks of America is located at 1000 Pat Nash Drive.

    • Free lunch for veterans served daily in the Mess Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Lunch is available for spouses and other non-veterans for a small fee of $6.00 per person.)  

    • Vendors will be offering everything from relevant buttons, patches, caps, and more, to artwork, home decor items, crafts, and other interesting and useful items.

    • A Day Room where veterans can gather for conversation, free live music and other entertainment, and refreshments.

  • Veterans Sporting Clays Shoot - Ozark Shooters Sports Complex - Saturday, November 4 - 8:30 a.m.

    • The Sports Complex is located at 759 US Highway 65 - just north of Branson.

    • The event begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. - the fee is $65 per participant.

    • The fee includes 100 targets, lunch, and a door prize drawing. Trophies are awarded for First and Second Place finishers.

    • Shotguns can be rented for $10; participants must furnish their own shells.

  • WWII Mini Reunion - Jim Stafford Theatre - Sunday, November 5 - 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

    • The Theatre is located at 3440 West Highway 76 (also known as West 76 Country Music Boulevard or The Strip)

  • Vets for Vets Celebration - The Mansion Entertainment Center - Sunday, November 5 at 2:00 p.m.

    • The Mansion is located at 189 Expressway Lane - doors open at 1:00 p.m.

    • This 6th annual USO-style show will be headlined by Barbara Fairchild, Grammy Award-winning artist who enjoyed a smash hit record, “Teddy Bear,” joined by her husband, popular Branson artist, Roy Morris.  

    • Other entertainers who’ll be on hand for this exciting show include:

      • Brandon and Megan Mabe of Branson’s Famous Baldknobbers

      • All Hands on Deck - cast of the show

      • Janice Martin of The Janice Martin Cirque Show

      • Jerry Presley of the Elvis Live Show, and an Army veteran

      • The Golden Sounds of the Platters with Eddie Stovall, veteran who served in Vietnam

      • Dancers from Norvan Breek’s Sonshine Dance Studio - Norvan also served in Vietnam

      • Gordy Wensel and Debbie Kaye, stars of the Tribute to George Strait Dinner Show - Gordy is an Army veteran

      • Jon Sousan and other artists from the Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute and Eagles Tribute shows - Jon is an Army veteran

      • USO performer Peggy Lee Brennan

      • USO performer in Vietnam and Army veteran, Brenda Meadows - Brenda also hosts the show

      • Award-winning singer/songwriter, Michael Peterson, the musical director for Raiding The Country Vault - Peterson’s wife is Colonel Jill Chambers, a retired Army veteran who is a 911 survivor and Army Women’s Hall of Fame Inductee.

  • Welcome Home Celebration - Jim Stafford Theatre - Sunday, November 5 at 3:00 p.m.

    • The theatre is located at 3440 West Highway 76.

    • The event runs from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - the entertainment schedule has not been announced.

  • Navy Memorial Service - Westgate Branson Woods Resort - Monday, November 6 at 8:30 a.m.

    • The Resort is located at 2201 Roark Valley Road.

    • There is no charge to attend the Service; it will be held in the Grand Pavilion.

    • Refreshments will be served at 8:30 a.m., followed by the Service at 9:00 a.m.

  • WWII Veterans Recognition - Ballparks of America - Monday, November 6 - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    • Ballparks of America is located at 1000 Pat Nash Drive.

    • This Recognition will be held in the Veterans Day Room in Building 1.

  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall - Welk Resort Branson - begins Monday, November 6 at 10:00 a.m.

    • The Resort is located at 1984 State Highway 165.

    • This half-scale replica of the actual memorial in Washington DC will be on display at the Welk Resort throughout Veterans Week.

    • An Opening Ceremony will be held on Monday, November 6 at 10:00 a.m.

  • Vietnam Era Reunion - The Clay Cooper Theatre - Monday, November 6 at 10:00 a.m.

    • The theatre is located at 3216 West Highway 76.

    • Attendees will be served lunch and experience a show headlined by Clay Cooper.

    • There is a per person fee of $15 that includes the show and lunch.

  • Veterans Spouses Luncheon - Best Western Branson Inn - Monday, November 6 at 12:00 noon

    • The Best Western Branson Inn & Conference Center is located at 8514 E. State Highway 76.

    • There is no charge for veterans and their spouses.

  • Medics, Nurses, & Combat Veterans Mini Reunion - Westgate Branson Woods Resort

    • This mini-reunion will be held on Monday, November 6 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

    • Westgate is located at 2201 Roark Valley Road - the reunion will be held in the Grand Pavilion.

  • POW/MIA Service of Remembrance - Welk Resort Branson - Tuesday, November 7 at 8:00 a.m.

    • Welk Resort is located at 1984 State Highway 265.

    • The service will be held at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.  In the event of inclement weather, the service will be moved inside.

    • The public is welcome to attend; there is no charge.

  • Sandbox Party - Mel’s Hard Luck Diner - Tuesday, November 7 - 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

    • Mel’s Hard Luck Diner is located in the Grand Village Shops at 2800 West Highway 76.

    • The breakfast is free for veterans.

  • True American Hero Award - College of the Ozarks - Tuesday, November 7 at 1:40 p.m.

    • The College is located at 100 Opportunity Avenue, Point Lookout - the presentation will take place in the Keeter Center.

    • The Award is the 20th presentation by the MOZARK Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America.

  • Gold, Silver & Blue Star Mothers’ Dessert - Cherry Berry - Tuesday, November 7

    • The Dessert event will be held at Cherry Berry in the afternoon - RSVP by November 1.

    • Cherry Berry is located at 3000 Green Mountain Drive.

  • Time for Prayer - College of the Ozarks - Wednesday, November 8 at 10:00 a.m.

    • The College is located at 100 Opportunity Avenue, Point Lookout.

    • A special prayer service honoring veterans and first responders will be held at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

  • 21st Annual Military Gala & Banquet - Chateau on the Lake - Wednesday, November 8 at 5:00 p.m.

    • The Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center is located at 415 North State Highway 265 on Table Rock Lake.

    • Cocktails & Dancing at 5:00 p.m. - Salute & Dinner at 6:00 p.m.

    • The event is $55 per person, and includes fireworks and a USMC Birthday Cake

  • From Duty to Beauty - Clarion Hotel & Conference Center - Wednesday, November 8

    • The Clarion is located at 2820 West Highway 76.

    • This gathering of women will include a luncheon, fashion show, and relevant vendors.

  • Veteran Empowerment Care - Starlite Theatre - Thursday, November 9 at 10:00 a.m.

    • The Starlite Theatre is located at 3115 West 76 Country Boulevard.

    • This is an information session on learning to build resilience through applied military strength.

  • Tree Grove Dedication - College of the Ozarks - Thursday, November 9 at 11:00 a.m.

    • The College is located at 100 Opportunity Avenue, Point Lookout, south of Branson.

    • The Tree Grove honors veterans who have participated in the College’s patriotic education trips.

  • Walmart Tribute to Veterans - Mansion Entertainment Center - Thursday, November 9 at 11:30 a.m.

    • The Mansion is located at 189 Expressway Lane.

    • The Tribute is co-sponsored by Veteransshow.com and the POW Network.

    • Doors open at 7:30 a.m. - luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  • Annual Tribute to Women Veterans & Rose Petal Ceremony - Clarion Hotel & Conference Center

    • The Tribute & Ceremony is hosted by the Branson Veterans Task Force and takes place on Thursday, November 9 at 12:00 p.m.

    • The Clarion is located at 2820 West Highway 76.

    • Colonel Jill W. Chambers, disabled veteran and 9/11 survivor of the attack on the Pentagon, will be the guest speaker.

  • Korean War Veterans Mini Reunion - BW Branson Inn - Thursday, November 9 - 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

    • The Best Western Branson Inn & Conference Center is located at 8514 East State Highway 76.

    • Entertainment, refreshments, speakers, and door prizes - no cost for veterans and families.

    • RSVP by October 29.

  • 4th Infantry Division Reunion - Savannah House Hotel - Thursday, November 9 - 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    • The 4th Infantry Division will host a hospitality room for all 4th ID veterans and active duty personnel.

    • Savannah House Hotel is located at 165 Expressway Lane.

  • Women Veterans Mini Reunion - Best Western Branson Inn - Thursday, November 9 at 4:00 p.m.

    • The Inn is located at 8514 East State Highway 76.

    • RSVP is required for this event by October 29 - it’s free for veterans and their families.

  • Veterans Day Pancake Breakfast - Faith Lutheran Church - Friday, November 10 at 7:00 a.m.

    • Faith Lutheran Church is located at 221 Malone Street - breakfast will be in the Legion facility.

    • The event is hosted by the American Legion Post 220.

  • Veterans’ Names Reading Ceremony - College of the Ozarks - Friday, November 10 at 8:00 a.m.

    • The Ceremony will be at the Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    • College of the Ozarks is located at 100 Opportunity Avenue, Point Lookout, south of Branson.

  • Flag Raising & Wreath Laying Ceremony - College of the Ozarks - Friday, November 10 at 10:00 a.m.

    • The College is located at 100 Opportunity Avenue, Point Lookout, south of Branson.

    • The Ceremony will be held on the campus next to Williams Memorial Chapel.

  • Heroes on the Home Front Spouses’ Tribute - The Shoppes at Branson Meadows

    • The event takes place on Friday, November 10 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.

    • The Shoppes are located at 4740 Gretna Road.

    • Pre-registration is required to attend this event.

  • Marine Corps Ball & Semper Fi Raffle - Radisson Hotel - Friday, November 10 - 6:00 to 11:00 p.m.

    • The Radisson Hotel is located at 120 South Wildwood Drive.

    • Guest of honor is General A.M. Gray, 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps.

    • Registration is $75 per person - entertainment by “Frank Sings Frank” - Frank Cubillo

  • Veterans Day Parade - Historic Downtown Branson - Saturday, November 11 at 11:00 a.m.

    • The Parade route goes through Downtown Branson and along Branson Landing Boulevard.

    • The Parade is organized by the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 913 - donations are accepted to help defray expenses.

  • Observing Veterans Day - Big Cedar Lodge - Sunday, November 12 at 9:00 a.m.

    • Big Cedar Lodge is located at 190 Top of the Rock Road, Ridgedale.

    • The Military Coalition of the Ozarks and veterans will observe Veterans Day with speakers, a flag presentation, color guard, a three-volley salute, a wreath-laying, military static displays, speakers, and other activities.

Both the IMAX Entertainment Complex and the College of the Ozarks will offer special presentations throughout Veterans Week that are free for veterans:

  • “Flames of Freedom” - November 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, & 16

College of the Ozarks will present the patriotic play, “Flames of Freedom,” at 2:00 p.m. on November 7, 11, 12, 14, and 16, and at 7:00 p.m. on November 9.  The play will be presented in the Royal Oak Auditorium of the Keeter Center.  Admission is free and open to the public.  College of the Ozarks is located at 100 Opportunity Avenue, Point Lookout.

  • 5th Annual Military Film Festival - November 6 through 10

IMAX Entertainment Complex and Elite Cinema III will feature award-winning documentaries and special guests.  Admission is free for veterans; there is a $5.00 charge for the general public.  All showings will be at 8:30 a.m., seating begins at 8:00 a.m.  Tickets will be available at 7:30 a.m. the morning of each showing.  The IMAX Entertainment Complex is located at 3562 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway.

  • Monday, November 6:  “The Unimaginable Journey of Peter Ertel” with producer Joseph Cahn

  • Tuesday, November 7:  “Heroes on Deck: WWII on Lake Michigan” with producer Harvey Moshman

  • Wednesday, November 8:  “Lost and Found: The Legacy of the USS Lagarto” with producer Harvey Moshman

  • Thursday, November 9: “The Unimaginable Journey of Peter Ertel”

  • Friday, November 10: “Brothers in War” with author Andrew Wiest

Paying tribute to veterans is an excellent example of the patriotism that’s second nature to Branson...patriotism isn’t a sales pitch here, it’s a character trait.  You don’t need to ask someone why Branson is so patriotic, it’s not really a question that requires an answer...patriotism is the thread that weaves this community together - it simply is Branson.  Please join Branson in saluting our nation’s veterans - November 5 through 11, 2017.