There are several activities open throughout the season that are of special interest to veterans. Open year round, the Veteran’s Memorial Museum is home to over 2000 military artifacts and exhibits and features one of the largest bronze memorial statues in the country. College of the Ozarks offers a special experience for visitors. Patriots Park sits near the entrance of the campus and contains The Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial which honors 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. Also located on campus, The Lest We Forget 9/11 Memorial features a World Trade Center column which stands as a memorial to the 2,996 lives lost on September 11, 2001. Known as “St. Michael’s 37” (in honor of 37 Port Authority officers killed), the column and flanges resemble the body and wings of an angel. It now stands as a memorial to those whose lives were lost in New York City, the Pentagon, and the fields of Pennsylvania. While on campus, consider having lunch at The Keeter Center or enjoy student-made ice cream made with the College of the Ozark’s fresh dairy cream from the College Creamery.
Special veterans events are scheduled throughout the year, but perhaps the most significant is Veteran’s Week. Each November, Branson is the home of the largest Veteran’s Day celebration in the nation, bringing in over 50,000 veterans and their families from every branch of the United States Armed Forces.
Branson has welcomed and 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 it’s friendly and patriotic citizens will make every day feel like Veteran’s Day.
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