The nation’s largest Veterans Day celebration takes place in Branson, Missouri, November 5-11, 2010, as the city presents Veterans Homecoming Week. This annual event includes many special events, many of which are free, and all of which celebrate the men and women who have fought for our country. The theme for the 2010 event is “Branson Doesn’t Forget.”
A few of the highlights of the week include:
10am: Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall opening Ceremony at the Welk Resort.
12:30pm: Official opening ceremonies at Sight and Sound Theatre.
7pm: Free show for veterans at the Showboat Branson Belle.
7am: Reville held at the Factory Merchants Mall (the red roof mall.) This event is held every morning of the week-long event.
9am: The Golden Corral hosts a Persian Gulf War Veterans Mini Reunion.
3pm: The Keeter Center hosts a WWII Veterans Mini Reunion.
6pm: A Candlelight Memorial Service will be held at the Branson Landing Town Square Fountains.
9am: Ozarks Shooters hosts a Veterans Shoot.
10am: Veterans Memorial Service at Hamner Barber Theater.
2pm: Air Force Band of Mid-America performs at Factory Merchants Mall.
5pm: Women Veterans Mini Reunion held at Branson Mall Meeting and Event Center, with a show at the Mickey Gilley Theater following the reunion.
5pm: 14th Annual Military Gala & Banquet at the Chateau on the Lake Resort.
9am-Noon: Korean War Veterans Association Mini Reunion held at Stone Castle Resort.
2pm-5:30pm: The National 9/11 Flag will be on display at Factory Merchants Mall, where firefighters from the Fire Department of New York City will assist local service heroes in a historic stitching ceremony to help sew the Missouri restorative patch onto the flag.
8am: POW/MIA service at the Vietnam Memorial Walk at the Welk Resort.
2pm: 2nd Annual Vietnam Veterans Mini Reunion will be held at Charlie’s Steak Ribs & Ale, located behind Hall of Fame Hotel.
5pm: 235th Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Branson Convention Center. The guest speaker will be Colonel Jim Sims.
9am: Scott AFB Band performs at the Branson Landing Town Square.
11am: Downtown Branson presents the 76th Annual Veterans Day Parade, sponsored by the American Legion Post 220.
2pm: The Welk Resort presents Tony Orlando’s Yellow Ribbon Salute.
2:30pm: Closing ceremonies at the Tri-Lakes Center.