Veteran's Week Events 2018
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"Branson's Veterans Homecoming Week, America's largest Veterans Day celebration, beginning November 5 and running through November 11, is a special and exciting time for us in Branson," said Randi McCormick, Group Sales Director for Branson Tourism Center. "It gives us a special, dedicated opportunity to honor Veterans, active duty Armed Forces personnel, and their families in a way that goes above beyond Branson's recognition of them on a daily basis. We have a large number of events this year; you'll find details on each here on this dedicated web page."
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Branson has wonderful shows all year long that feature dedicated artists delivering exceptional live productions. However, on occasion, everyone enjoys performances by visiting national headliners from time to time. Below is a list of Limited Engagement Shows featuring a variety of celebrities that will be appearing in Branson during Veterans Week:
- Boot Daddy Presents Gene Watson
- Dailey & Vincent
- Daniel O'Donnell
- Lee Greenwood
- Mickey Gilley & Johnny Lee - The Urban Cowboy Reunion
- Neal McCoy
- The Oak Ridge Boys
- The Texas Tenors
- Tony Orlando
- Vicki Lawrence & Mama
- Wynona Judd and The Big Noise
- Yakov, Famous Russian Comedian
For an up to date list of Limited Engagement Shows Click Here.
For a general list of shows performing during Veterans Week Click Here.
The Village, in Building One at Ballparks of America Complex, 1000 Pat Nash Drive, Nov. 5-10, offers veterans a free lunch in its mess hall, a USO canteen-style Day Room with live music and Vendor Village, a unique shopping experience for former and present day military personnel.
While veterans come to the Village to register to participate in the numerous discounts Branson businesses offer them, it also provides them and their families a place to shop for memorabilia, patches, hats, books and organizations that provide information for veterans and their loved ones.
Vendor Village gives returning traders an opportunity to visit with friends they have met through their participation.
Brenda Meadows, BVTF board chairperson, said the non-profit organization’s annual event provides veterans a place to gather for many reasons.
“Veterans Village is there to make heroes of our freedom feel welcomed, appreciated and accepted.” Meadows said. “BVTF wants to make their visits to Branson a special time to remember, as well as highlight Branson’s heart towards honoring past, present and future military personnel.”
Volunteer musicians perform for visitors in the Veterans Village Day Room.
Mary Slivka: Navy Veteran Mary Slivka represents Branson Veterans Task Force Sponsor Grand Plaza Hotel at Vendor Village.
Mess Hall Vets: Veterans and their families eat in the Mess Hall at Veterans Village.
Vendor Village: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. at Ballparks of America
Free Day Room: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Ballparks of America
Free TO VETERANS. Mess Hall Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 at Ballparks of America. NON-VETS, $6
For more information about Veterans Village or to inquire about merchant spaces at Vendor Village call 417-337-8387.
The 6th annual "Vets for Vets Celebration Show" featuring Yakov, will kick off Branson's Veterans Homecoming week. The show is set for 2pm on Nov. 5 at the Mansion Theater. 189 Expressway Lane in Branson. No tickets issued for the "Vets for Vets Celebration" but the show is free to veterans and their families. The open seating format is on a first come, first served basis. There will be donation boxes for the Branson Veterans Task Force placed throughout the theater.
Time: 2pm (Doors open at 1 pm)
Location: Mansion Theatre, 189 Expressway Lane.
Admission: FREE to veterans and their families.
For the twenty first year, the traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial, known as "The Wall," will be on display and open to the public for viewing at the Welk Resort Branson during the 2018 Veterans Homecoming celebration, November 5-10, 2018. The official half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the most visited memorial in Washington, D.C., spans nearly 240 feet in length and lists the more than 58,000 names of the nation's fallen heroes in the Vietnam conflict.
In 2013, after sponsoring the memorial for 17 years, The Welk Resort Branson purchased the memorial, insuring that it will be displayed for many years to come. "We are always so honored to be able to present this beautiful memorial to our guests and friends in the community," says Susan Smith, General Manager of Welk Resort Branson. "Seeing the names of those who gave everything in the service of their country is an emotional experience, and one that we are proud to present. We invite the community, and of course our veterans to come and experience The Wall."
The Wall is available for public viewing from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM November 5-10. A special locator book will be available to assist visitors in finding specific names.
November 5 at 10am will be the dedication of the Vietnam Memorial Wall at the Welk Resort.
There will be a free, outdoor POW/MIA Service of Remembrance at 8am on Tuesday November 6th, at the Welk Resort at 8am-12pm.
Time: 1:00 to 2:30pm
Location: A WWII Mini Reunion at Jim Stafford Theatre. Call 417-335-4668
A free Welcome Home Celebration for all veterans at Jim Stafford Theatre.
Westgate Branson Woods Resort will host its annual Navy Memorial Service at 9 am, November 8, at the Grand Pavilion. Refreshments will be served at 8:30 am, followed by the service. The event is free to attend.
Location: 2201 Roark Valley Road
From 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Join your medic, nurse, or combat vet friends for a mini reunion. This will be a great time of fellowship, sharing of stories, thank yous, hugs, and camaraderie. There will be a guest speaker, snacks, and other little surprises.
Contact: 417-332-3557 for more information
Location: Westgate Resort Grand Pavilion
2201 Roark Valley Road
Branson, MO 65616
Thursday November 8: Afternoon Dessert for Gold, Silver and Blue Star Mothers Thursday November 8th at 2:30pm is the afternoon Dessert for Gold star, Silver star and Blue star mothers.
Location at Cherry Berry at 3000 Green Mountain Drive, Suite 101.. Call 417-272-0630 with questions./p>
Please join the Westgate Branson Woods Resort family and the Branson community for a patriotic, inspirational Tree Lighting, which is free and open to the public. Westgate Branson Woods Resort which is located at 2201 Roark Valley Road, invites family members to honor their soldiers by writing names on provided dog tags or purple hearts to be placed on the honorary Military Order of the Purple Heart Tree located in the Marketplace. For more information about the Spirit of Branson Tree Lighting, please call our Event Coordinators, Becky Jewsbury or Jenn Evans, at 417-332-3557.
A time for prayer honoring veterans and first responders is scheduled for 10:00 am, November 9, at Westgate Meeting Room at Westgate Branson Woods Resort.
For more information please call 417-272-0630 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Branson Veterans Task Force will host the 15th annual Rose Petal Ceremony tribute to women veterans at the Clarion Hotel. Free to women veterans. Non-veterans $10 for the luncheon. Call 417-337-8387 or email email@example.com to RSVP
Date: November 10, 2018
Saluting and Honoring Those that have gone before us
Join us in a spectacular setting as we celebrate Freedom and salute our Veterans with another unforgettable evening of elegant Dining and Celebration in the Great Hall.
Saluting "Sandbox" Veterans" - all branches, all wars welcome. Public invited.
Branson's longest running military tribute ball.
Dinner, dancing, entertainment, fireworks, USMC Birthday Cake Cutting.
Tickets $55.00 each.
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED FOR DINNER AND SALUTE
NO TICKETS AT THE DOOR
The GALA is open to the public - tickets ARE required.
One need not be a veteran or POW to attend.
Location: Chateau on the Lake
415 N State Highway 265
Branson, MO 65616
Walmart Tribute to the Veterans - November 10 at 9am. Location at the Mansion Theatre. No admission charge. Fun, fellowship and entertainment will be provided. Hosted by Barbara Fairchild & Roy Morris.
Date: November 11, 2018
The Veterans Day parade will take place in downtown Branson at 11:11 am. For parade information call Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 913 at 417-294-0728
Visit www.vva913.com and scroll to bottom of "Events" page for parade application.
Branson, MO 65616
Veterans and Military Coalition of the Ozarks will observe Veterans Day at 9 am November 12 at Big Cedar Lodge. Ceremonies include speakers, flag presentation, color guard, three-volley salute, wreath-laying, military static displays, and other activities.
For more information please contact Ed 417-676-0196.