No other destination loves our nation’s veterans, and active duty military, more than Branson, Missouri - there’s simply no debate. And significant evidence of this sincere respect and genuine affection for America’s heroes is the treasured tradition of holding a week-long celebration, Veterans Week, every November. This wonderful collection of events takes place from Monday, November 5 and through Monday, November 11, 2018. Not every event is lined up at this point, and there will be many more details we’ll share in a post as we get closer to November, but we do have several pieces of news to share for Veterans Week, as well as events taking place in September and December. Here’s what we know so far for 2018:
Thursday, September 20 - Sunday, September 23 Branson Veterans Task Force & Commemorative Air Force for WWII - Aircraft Exhibition & Air Show
Friday, September 21 at 5:30 p.m. Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction - Veterans Event
Wednesday, September 19 - Sunday, September 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Branson Airport Jet Center - CAF Air Power History Tour - National Air Tour of Historic WWII Aircraft - Adults: $15 Youth: $5 (ages 11 to 17) Kids: Free (ages 10 and under)
Monday, November 5 - Sunday, November 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Branson Veterans Task Force - Vendors Village at Ballparks of America Complex - 4562 North Gretna Road, Building #2 Free Day Room from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free (for veterans) Mess Hall Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (non-veterans are $6)
Monday, November 5 at 2:00 p.m. - The Mansion Entertainment Center - 7th Annual Branson Veterans Homecoming Week Kick-Off Event - Free “Vets for Vets Celebration Show” - featuring Yakov Smirnoff
Open-seating on first come, first served basis with NO tickets. (Donations are gladly accepted.) Event sponsored by Branson’s IMAX Entertainment Complex - the list of entertainers includes: Jim Barber - Barbara Fairchild & Roy Morris - Brandon & Megan Mabe of Branson’s Famous Baldknobbers - The Bretts - Gordy & Debbie - The Sunshine Dancers with Vietnam Veteran, Norvin Breek - Golden Sounds of the Platters with Vietnam Veteran, Eddie Stovall
Tuesday, November 6 - Vendor Village Dayroom - WWII Veterans Honored
Thursday, November 8 - Vendor Village Dayroom - Korean War Veterans Honored
Friday, November 9 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. - Clarion Hotel - 2018 Rose Petal Ceremony: 15th Annual Tribute to Women Veterans - Free (for women veterans) - $10 for all other attendees (RSVP required - 417.337.8387 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Monday, November 11 at 11:00 a.m. - Historic Downtown Branson - Branson Veterans Day Parade - Hosted by Vietnam Veterans of America Post 913
Monday, November 11 at 1:00 p.m. - Branson Landing - 9/11 Memorial Event
Friday, December 7 at 1:00 p.m. - Branson Landing - Pearl Harbor Remembrance Event
For an idea of what took place during Branson’s Veterans Week last year, check out this post from October 23, 2017. Keep in mind that we don’t yet know if every event will return this year, but this previous schedule can help you with planning for your 2018 visit during Veterans Week.
Doesn’t every destination love the men and women who’ve sacrificed so much for the freedoms we enjoy? Why is this particular little spot in the Ozarks, one that’s filled with live shows, attractions, lake activities, and beautiful scenery, such a special place for veterans? The answer is simple...Branson is special. It’s special in how it treats every guest on every day of the year. It’s special in that it proudly wears what it values like a badge of honor, never hesitating to be friendly, show compassion, pray to a higher power, or express a sincere love of country...a deep sense of patriotism. That authentic patriotism is on display every day of the year in Branson, but it shines even brighter during this one big wonderful week, and we hope you’ll be here to share it with us...be here to proudly stand alongside your fellow veterans...be here to honor those who’ve served on your behalf.