"Doc" Ballard, Missouri’s only living Medal of Honor Recipient visits Branson

December 4, 2009

Missouri’s only living Medal of Honor recipient, Colonel Don “Doc” Ballard was in Branson this week on business. Among other things he attended the dinner and the Sarah Palin Convocation at the College of the Ozarks as an honored guest and visited with Marlyce Stockinger, Director of Advertising and Public Relations for Branson.Com. They talked about various veterans activities and services in Branson and some of the events sponsored by Branson.Com and Branson Tourism Center such as... Continue reading ›


Branson Blue Star Memorial Marker to honor WW II Veterans

September 2, 2009

Beginning in 1945,  The Blue Star Memorial Marker Program of the National Garden Clubs, Inc;  started honoring the men and women serving in the Armed Forces during World War II.  The name was chosen for the star on the flags displayed in homes and businesses denoting a family member serving in the armed forces.  From Alaska to Hawaii;  Blue Star Memorials are extended across our nation. You can be part of a historical event to take place  in Branson on November 7th.  The Shepherd of the... Continue reading ›


Dedication of Vietnam POW/MIAs Memorial Wall in Branson announced

June 28, 2009

The Vietnam POW/MIAs Memorial Wall of the United States will be dedicated in a ceremony on July 4 at 10 a.m. at the Branson Mall in the Veterans Walk of Fame. The wall’s creator, Leo Voss, will be attending. Sponsored by Branson’s Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter 913, the Vietnam POW/MIAs Memorial Wall of the United States counts those who have never been found from the Vietnam War and the secret wars in Laos. From Minnesota, Voss built the wall in 2000. A Marine who served in... Continue reading ›


Agent Orange, We Live It Every Day

June 7, 2009

(Washington, D.C.) - The Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc., (AVVA) applauds the National Organization of Disabilities and Ford Foundation for the release today of U.S. Vietnam Veterans and Agent Orange: Understanding the Impact 40 Years Later. Said Elaine Simmons, National President of AVVA, “As the families, friends, and supporters of our nation’s Vietnam veterans, we know, only too well, the long-lasting, debilitating effects of Agent Orange/dioxin, because we face them... Continue reading ›


Branson’s aglow with Veterans Homecoming & Ozark Mountain Christmas

October 13, 2009

As Branson comes to the end of its celebration of 50 years of live music shows it has saved the best for last, the honoring of America’s Veterans, active duty Armed Forces personnel and their families and the celebration of Ozark Mountain Christmas. Traditionally the celebration of “Branson’s Veterans Homecoming Week” and the start of “Ozark Mountain Christmas “ overlap during the first week of November and this year is no exception with Ozark Mountain Christmas running from... Continue reading ›


36th Annual Autumn Daze Arts and Crafts Festival in Historic Downtown Branson

September 17, 2009

The streets of Historic Downtown Branson will be filled with crafters, artists, and food vendors September 17-20 for the 36th Annual Autumn Daze Arts and Crafts Festival. Applicants are screened by a committee to ensure that products are hand-made and exhibited by the person who made them and to guarantee a wide array of original arts and crafts. Unique crafts and gifts range from pottery, quilts, paintings, jewelry, wood carvings, ironwork, toys, and candles to organic lotions, bath... Continue reading ›


Branson Tourism Center receives prestigious “Corporate Yellow Ribbon Medal of Freedom”

November 13, 2009

The 2009 “Corporate Yellow Ribbon Medal of Freedom” was presented to the Branson Tourism Center at Tony Orlando’s Annual Veteran’s Show held Nov. 11 at the Welk Theatre in Branson. Capt. Steve Blankenship, American Airlines Director - Veterans Initiatives, representing American Airlines, the first recipient of the award, and the man who is to Veterans in Branson what Andy Williams is to Christmas, Tony Orlando presented the award. In making the presentation Orlando said it was... Continue reading ›


Branson Hosts Stop for Official Capitol Christmas Tree

November 12, 2009

The nation’s U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree provided by the National Park Service will again stop in Branson on its way to be lit in front of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C. See the tree at 3 p.m. on Nov. 23 in front of the Sight & Sound Theatre. Mayor Raeanne Presley will greet the tree, and there will be entertainment by Yakov Smirnoff, the cast of the Circle B Supper Show, New South, Doug Gabriel, the Haygoods and the Highway 76 Trombones. Also, actors and animals from Sight... Continue reading ›


Branson doesn't forget- Veterans Homecoming Week

October 29, 2009

Branson is entering one of the most exciting parts of its season, with its first major event, “Veterans Homecoming Week” starting on November 5 and running through November 11. Branson’s Veterans Homecoming” is one of the largest “Veterans Day” celebrations in the world and involves numerous events honoring America’s Veterans, active duty Armed Forces personnel and their families. The theme for this year’s event is “Branson Doesn't Forget Our Military and their... Continue reading ›


Advisory Council named for "Welcome Home... America's Tribute to Vietnam Veterans"

February 22, 2005

Operation Homecoming USA has named an Advisory Council for the planning and execution of "Welcome Home... America's Tribute To Vietnam Veterans." The weeklong event to be held this June has the specific mission of providing Vietnam Veterans the national homecoming they never received. General Richard B. Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is serving as Liaison to the Advisory Council of Operation Homecoming USA for the Department of Defense. An Air Force command pilot with more than... Continue reading ›


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