Branson Becomes Missouri's First Purple Heart City

May 6, 2012

BRANSON, Mo., May 6, 2012 -- The supporting and honoring of our Nations Veterans, Active Duty Military and their families is an inherent part of the heritage, tradition, spirit and fabric of what makes Branson such a unique and special place. With the expected passing of a resolution "Proclaiming the City of Branson As A Purple Heart City, (Proclamation)," at its May 8 Board of Aldermen Meeting and its receipt on behalf of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), by Everett Kelly... Continue reading ›


Branson Tourism Center partners with Cell Phones for Soldiers to provide free phone calls for Troops

October 11, 2012

BRANSON, Mo., October 11, 2012 -- The Branson Tourism Center and non-profit Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. are asking local residents and businesses to help troops call home by donating gently-used cellular phones. Although the military landscape is ever changing, as many as 369,000 troops are serving in the U.S. military overseas around the world. The cell phones donated to Cell Phones for Soldiers, provide troops with that precious connection to loved ones back home. Beginning today... Continue reading ›


Branson Veterans Homecoming includes First Annual Naval Memorial

November 8, 2012

BRANSON, Mo., November 8, 2012 -- Branson's Veterans Homecoming Week, the Nation's largest annual "Veterans Day" celebration running from November 5 through November 11 is intended to do one thing, honor the service and sacrifices of our Veterans, active duty military personnel and their families. In that spirit, this year's event included the "First Annual Naval Memorial (Memorial)" specifically honoring those who have served in the U.S. Navy." About 75 Veterans, mostly U.S. Navy, along... Continue reading ›


Branson's Veterans Homecoming Week Honors Veterans, active duty Military and their families

October 2, 2011

"The honoring of Veterans, active duty Armed Forces personnel and their families is an inherent element of the Branson spirit of God, Country and Family that makes Branson the wonderful place to live and visit," said Stephanie Milton, Director of Special Events for the Branson Tourism Center. "Branson's seven day 'Veterans Homecoming Week,' running from November 5 through November 11," is is Americas largest Veterans Day celebration and is filled with events and activities honoring... Continue reading ›


Award Winning Actor Muse Watson speaks at Branson Unveiling Ceremony for The Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Branson

October 26, 2011

BRANSON, Mo. Muse Watson, the actor best known for his role as retired NIS agent Mike Franks, played a former Marine and Vietnam Veteran on the award winning hit drama "NCIS." But when it comes to courage under fire Watson knows our veterans and military are the real "stars." On November 4th Watson will stand together with the Branson Veterans Task Force and veterans from all over the world in Branson, MO to speak at the unveiling ceremony for "The Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall,"... Continue reading ›


Branson's 78th annual Veterans Day Parade honors historical precedent

November 9, 2011

BRANSON, Mo. In keeping with the historical basis for the celebration of Veterans Day, Branson's 78th Annual Veterans Day Parade will march through Historic Downtown Branson on the "11th hour, of the eleventh day of the eleventh month." Although the "war to end all wars," World War I, was officially ended by the "Treaty of Versailles," signed in France on June 28, 1919, in fact, the actual fighting ceased months earlier when an "armistice," went into effect between the Allied Nations and... Continue reading ›


A "Marine's Marine," Captain Dale Dye, helps Branson celebrate 236th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps

September 23, 2011

BRANSON, Mo. As they have done for over 90 years, whether on active duty or discharged, U.S. Marines, and their families and friends will pause on November 10th to celebrate the birthday of their beloved Corps. This year will be the 236th celebration since its inception by a resolution of the Continental Congress on November 10, 1775. Since then, “The Few, The Proud, The United States Marine Corps” has served America with honor and distinction in every conflict from the Revolutionary War... Continue reading ›


James "Gene" Iseminger a genuine hero and a great guy

May 20, 2011

In the April 30 edition of the "Branson Daily Independent," I pointed out that I had "messed up and needed your help to identify "the warrior hero in the middle of a picture with his son and daughter-in-law." The picture was taken just after the Closing Ceremony for the "3rd Hand in Hand Branson Honors Purple Heart Recipients" on April 30 at the Hamner Barber Theatre and was of a Purple Heart Recipient who had received his Purple Heart at the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. I pointed... Continue reading ›


Lake Taneycomo site of Purple Heart Recipients fishing tournament

February 7, 2011

"'Hand in Hand Branson Honors Purple Heart Recipients (Hand in Hand)' is a unique event," said Marlyce Stockinger, Director of Advertising and Public Relations, for Branson.Com, the sponsor of the event and a sister company of the Branson Tourism Center. "Going into its third year, it is the only event of its kind to specifically honor the sacrifices of those, and their families, who have received the Purple Heart for being wounded in combat while serving their country." Although Hand in... Continue reading ›


Grand Jubilee is truly a grand experience for all

March 23, 2011

It might seem like a cliché, but the Grand Jubilee is truly "grand" entertainment. I laughed until I hurt, listened to some of the most talented musicians and vocalists I have ever heard, in Branson or anywhere else, and was thoroughly entertained by a fast moving production that held my interest throughout. It was over all too quickly. The elements of the show aren't that much different from the Branson variety show mold that was cast by the Baldknobbers over 50 years ago and has worked so... Continue reading ›


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