Branson is known as one of the most Veteran-friendly, patriotic cities in America. Branson honors Veterans every day of the year, but perhaps the most significant celebration is Veterans Homecoming Week held November 5-11 each year. Veterans Homecoming Week hosts the largest Veteran’s Day celebration in the nation with many different events for service members and their families.
No matter what time of year you visit Branson, the Veterans Memorial Museum is a must-see. Situated on W 76 Country Blvd, the museum includes detailed information and artifacts from all service branches with a focus on the wars of the 20th Century: World War I, World War II, the Korean, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf Wars. Exhibits include sculptures, murals and thousands of pieces of military memorabilia.
A Veteran’s visit to Branson should definitely include a stop at College of the Ozarks. Patriots Park (at the entrance to the campus) contains The Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial honoring the 1,410 servicemen and women from Missouri who gave their lives during the Vietnam War. Built and designed by students, this memorial serves as Missouri’s official Vietnam memorial. The Missouri Gold Star Families Memorial, which honors Gold Star Families (those who have lost immediate family members killed in their service to the country), preserves the memory of the fallen and stands as a stark reminder that freedom is not free. The Korean War Memorial depicts brave service members who have lost a brother in arms. It illustrates that sacrifice comes with war, and war is painful, especially during loss. The Global War on Terrorism Memorial is the final addition to Patriot’s Park. It stands to honor those who have selflessly dedicated their lives in the fight against terrorism. On campus you will also find the “Lest We Forget” 9/11 Memorial. This memorial includes one of the last remaining remnants of the World Trade Center structure. This piece of steel was donated to the college by retired police officer Tommy McHale who wanted to honor the 37 fallen men and women officers from the Port Authority for New York and New Jersey who perished on 9/11.
Branson has been a meeting place for Veterans and Veteran reunions for all branches of the military: Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine, Coast Guard, National Guard, Reserves, and Merchant Marines – active duty, inactive, or retired. With its centralized location in America’s Midwest, Branson is the perfect location for military reunions, and its friendly and patriotic citizens will make every day feel like Veteran’s Day. Give our reunion specialists a call today. We can help you with arrangements or just guide you in the right direction!