Hello again,


We hope everyone is doing well and hopefully staying healthy!  The Branson Veterans Week is only 2 months away.  We had quite a few people respond to our first inquiry about coming to this year's Charlie Company reunion and at this time, we have about 24 that will be attending (4 are tentative). Please let me know if you are making plans to come.  


Branson has a full schedule of events for the whole week!  We have gathered and compiled a tentative Branson Veterans Week itinerary which you can find below and attached.  Immediately below are a few things we wanted to point out so you did not overlook them.  They require your attention sooner rather than later. These are just pointers to help you find out more information.


There are 4 events that require individuals to call and RSVP or make reservations in advance, those being:


Sat, Nov 6

Vietnam Veterans Reunion

Stone Castle 

3050 Green Mountain Drive

RSVP REQUIRED – 870-421-3511


Sun, Nov 7

Homefront Hero's Spouses Tribute Luncheon

Stone Castle 

3050 Green Mountain Drive

RSVP REQUIRED – 870-421-3511 or online at: http://www.veteransshow.com


Sun, Nov 7

Hearts and Hope of Heroes

MansionTheatre

189 Expressway Lane

Tickets can be purchased from Mansion Theatre box office.


Mon, Nov 8

Veterans Show at Clay Cooper Theatre

Clay Cooper Theater

3216 W 76 Country Blvd

Tickets can be purchased by calling:  417-332-2529


Also of note, the 4th Infantry Hospitality Room will again be hosted by The Redlegs (artillerymen) but this year will be held at the Chateau on the Lake Hotel for 3 days, Mon, Nov 8 - Wed, Nov 10.  If you might be interested, they have also arranged a special hotel rate for those 3 nights ONLY (see details below).  


Everyone take care and stay safe,

ANDY
C/1/8 4th Infantry Division
'Steadfast and Loyal'

 



2021 TENTATIVE Branson Veterans Week Itinerary

 

Branson is one of the most veteran-friendly, patriotic cities in America. While Branson honors Veterans every day of the year, Veterans Homecoming Week is a special annual event for service members and their families.

Veterans Homecoming Week kicks off with a moving Vietnam Memorial Opening Ceremony and wraps up with an energetic parade on Veteran’s Day.  In between, there are countless activities and programs in which your students can take part!

 

Fri, Nov 5 – Wed, Nov 10 (these 3 activities are available each day)

Veterans Villages Daily

Ballparks of America Complex, Bldg 2

1000 Pat Nash Drive

417-337-8387

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

        Day Room – music, snacks and great location to meet WWII & Korean vets

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

        Veteran Registry & Vendor Village

11:30 am – 1:30 pm

        Mess-Hall Lunch – free lunch for veterans, $6 for all others (different lunch

        option donated daily - don’t let long line deceive you, moves quickly)

 

Fri, Nov 5  

10:00 am

Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Opening Ceremony

The official half-scale traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the most visited memorial in Washington, D.C., nearly 240 ft. long and listing more than 58,000 names of the nation’s fallen heroes in the Vietnam conflict.

Welk Resort

1984 State Highway 165

417-337-7469

 

Regarding Opening Ceremonies, again this year there will be two opening ceremonies, one will be at 2pm and another at 5pm on Fri, Nov 5 (see details below).  

 

Fri, Nov 5  

2:00 - 4:00 pm

11th annual "Vets for Vets Celebration Show" 

FREE opening ceremony and USO-style show with performances by many local military and veteran entertainers.  Seating is first-come, first-serve and free to attend for all veterans and their families.

Branson Star Theatre

3750 W 76 Country Blvd

417-337-8387

 

Fri, Nov 5

5:00 – 6:30 pm

Veterans Week Opening Ceremony

Another FREE show celebrating America’s greatest heroes, our Veterans and active military featuring performances by many local entertainers.  Open seating for all veterans and their families.

Americana Theater

2905 W 76 Country Blvd

870-421-3511

Contact person:  Dee Elledge at 870-421-511

 

Sat, Nov 6

8:30 am (Box Office opens at 7:30 am)

Branson’s 9th Annual Military Film Festival at the IMAX Entertainment Complex

features award-winning documentaries of true-life stories.

Featured film: Shoji Tabuchi: An American Dream

Free admission for veterans and $5 for all others. 

Theater usually full to capacity, so get there early!

Branson’s IMAX Entertainment Complex

3562 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway

417-335-4832

 

Sat, Nov 6   

12:00 - 3:00 pm 

Vietnam Veterans Reunion 

Hot lunch, entertainment, door prizes and lots of time to talk. Spouses are again welcome this year!

Stone Castle 

3050 Green Mountain Drive

RSVP REQUIRED – 870-421-3511

 

Sun, Nov 7

8:30 am (Box Office opens at 7:30am)

Branson’s 9th Annual Military Film Festival at the IMAX Entertainment Complex

features award-winning documentaries of true-life stories.

Featured film: No Greater Love

Free admission for veterans and $5 for all others.

Theater usually full to capacity, so get there early!

Branson’s IMAX Entertainment Complex

3562 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway

417-335-4832

 

Sun, Nov 7 

10:00 am

Barbara Fairchild’s Tribute to Veterans Worship Service

The Veterans Homecoming Week is Barbara Fairchild’s favorite time of the year. Branson is filled with Veterans and their precious spouses. As Barbara puts it, it’s an “Invasion of Heroes” and we love them all. “My eyes fill with tears so many times during this amazing Homecoming in our city.”  Barbara has held a special Worship Service for many years to honor our veterans whom she states, “deserve our respect and appreciation. We can never adequately thank them enough.  I feel we always fall short of giving them the praise and thanks they truly deserve, but that will never stop us from trying.”

Baldknobbers Theater

645 State Highway 165

417-337-8387

 

Sun, Nov 7   

1:00 – 3:00 pm 

Homefront Hero’s Spouses Tribute Lunch

This event honors the spouses along with their veteran. We want to say, “Thank you” to those of you who held down the homefront and those of you who continue to support our veterans today.  Join us for lunch and entertainment.

Stone Castle 

3050 Green Mountain Drive

RSVP REQUIRED – 870-421-3511 or online at: www.veteransshow.com


Sun, Nov 7   

2:30 – 4:30 pm 

Hearts and Hope of Heroes

This is a special youth tribute honoring all veterans.  Young people from around the country will come together to perform as part of a 300-person mass choir.  

MansionTheatre

189 Expressway Lane

Tickets can be purchased from Mansion Theatre box office:  www.themansiontheatre.com

 

Mon, Nov 8

8:00 am

Annual POW/MIA Service of Remembrance will honor those who fought for freedom, and lost their own lives on foreign soil during times of war.  This emotional outdoor ceremony is to be held in front of the replica of the Vietnam Veteran Memorial Wall at the Welk Resort. Dress appropriately for possible cold temps. The remembrance service will move to into the Welk Theater in case of inclement weather.

Welk Resort

1984 Highway165

POW Network: 417-336-4232

 

Mon, Nov 8         

8:30 am (Box Office opens at 7:30am)

Branson’s 9th Annual Military Film Festival at the IMAX Entertainment Complex

features award-winning documentaries of true-life stories.

Featured film: Scramble the Seawolves

Free admission for veterans and $5 for all others.

Theater usually full to capacity, so get there early!

Branson’s IMAX Entertainment Complex

3562 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway

417-335-4832

 

Mon, Nov 8, Tues, Nov 9 and Wed, Nov 10

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Annual 4th Infantry Division Hospitality Room 

Again this year, The Redlegs (artillerymen) of the 4th ID will host our hospitality room at the Chateau on the Lake Hotel for all 4th ID Veterans, family and friends.  All are welcome to come and enjoy fellowship and camaraderie along with refreshments.  

Please note:  There are a block of rooms reserved at a special rate of $114/night (breakfast not included) just for Nov 8-10.  The cut-off date is October 9.  If interested, call 417-334-1161 and ask for 4th ID Redlegs rate.

Chateau on the Lake

415 North State Highway 265

417-334-1161

 

Mon, Nov 8

10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Hot Rods & High Heels show (high energy 50’s singing/dancing)

12:00 - 1:00 pm – box lunch served

1:00 - 3:00 pm – Variety show featuring local entertainers

Veterans Show at Clay Cooper Theatre

You can purchase a ticket ($18) to attend the 10:00am Hot Rods & High Heels show at the Clay Cooper Theatre.  A box lunch will be provided after the morning show and then you stay in your reserved seat for the afternoon activities that includes many local entertainers.  Everyone should purchase their own tickets as you have in past few years. I recommend calling ASAP since the show has been sold out for many years.

Clay Cooper Theater

3216 W 76 Country Blvd

Tickets can be purchased by calling:  417-332-2529

 

Tues, Nov 9

8:30 am (Box Office opens at 7:30am)

Branson’s 9th Annual Military Film Festival at the IMAX Entertainment Complex

features award-winning documentaries of true-life stories.

Featured film: Vietnam War Miracle

Free admission for veterans and $5 for all others.

Theater usually full to capacity, so get there early!

Branson’s IMAX Entertainment Complex

3562 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway

417-335-4832

 

Tues, Nov 9

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Annual 4th Infantry Division Hospitality Room 

See entry for Mon, Nov 8.  

Chateau on the Lake

415 North State Highway 265

417-334-1161

 

Tues, Nov 9

12:00 pm

Our 16th annual C/1/8 picnic at Cooper Creek – always, a great afternoon. You don't want to miss this!  As usual everyone will bring a contribution and provide their own drinks.  Signups will be forthcoming. (If you would like, you can probably also make it to the Medics, Nurses & Combat Vets Mini Reunion that runs from 2-4pm - see below.)

Cooper Creek Campgrounds

471 Cooper Creek Road

417-334-4871

 

Tues, Nov 9

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

6th annual Medics, Nurses & Combat Vets Mini Reunion 

“When combat veterans come together for their reunions, there are always stories about the courageous medics and nurses that saved their lives and lives of their buddies.  Too often, the names are never known on either side but the appreciation and bonds endure.” This reunion is held to possibly reunite combat veterans with the medics, nurses and Evac Hospital staff who saved their lives. Join your brothers and sisters in arms for a time of bonding and fellowship.

Grand Pavilion at Westgate Resort

2201 Roark Valley Road

More info, contact Becky at 417-332-3557 or Becky_jewsbury@wgresorts.com

 

Wed, Nov 10

8:30 am (Box Office opens at 7:30am)

Branson’s 9th Annual Military Film Festival at the IMAX Entertainment Complex

features award-winning documentaries of true-life stories.

Featured film: American Medivac

Free admission for veterans and $5 for all others.

Theater usually full to capacity, so get there early!

Branson’s IMAX Entertainment Complex

3562 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway

417-335-4832

 

Wed, Nov 10

8:30 am Pre-show with main show starting at 9:00 am    

11:30-1:30 pm - lunch

12th Annual Tribute to Veterans Show

You are invited to come join 2,000 of your veteran pals and their families to experience the fun, fellowship, great entertainment and lunch again this year.  The entertainment part of this event will be held at The Mansion Theater and the lunch will be served at Branson’s Event Center at The Shoppes at Branson Meadows about one block away.  The entertainment will be co-hosted by Barbara Fairchild and Roy Morris with a FREE lunch for all Veterans and their families.  

For further information contact Dee Elledge at 870-421-3511

 

Entertainment at:  

The Mansion Theater

187 Expressway Lane

417-385-1118

 

Free lunch at:

Branson’s Event Center

The Shoppes at Branson Meadows

4562 N Gretna Road

417-335-4668

 

Wed, Nov 10

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Annual 4th Infantry Division Hospitality Room 

See entry for Mon, Nov 8.  

Chateau on the Lake

415 North State Highway 265

417-334-1161

 

Thurs, Nov 11

7:00 am

Veterans Day Sunrise Service

College of the Ozarks Patriotic Park

100 Opportunity Way

Point Lookout, MO

 

Thurs, Nov 11

11:00 am

88th Veterans Day Parade

Historic Downtown Branson – highlight of the week!  A trailer will be provided with seating on hay bales for those who cannot walk the distance of the parade.  Further details will be forthcoming when made available.  We’ve experienced all types of weather over the years, so please come prepared.