Branson, The Destination for Veterans

With patriotic tributes at live shows, moving memorials and an annual celebration commemorating servicemen and women, Branson is the ideal destination for veterans and their families.

Preserving military history and honoring past and present servicemen and women are part of Branson's culture all year long. Add one of the area's veterans' monuments or special events to your Branson itinerary for a truly memorable experience. 

Museums and Memorials

No matter what time of year you visit Branson, the Veterans Memorial Museum is a must-see. Situated on W 76 Country Blvd, the museum includes detailed information and artifacts from all service branches with a focus on the wars of the 20th Century: World War I, World War II, the Korean, Vietnam and Persian Gulf Wars. Featuring a P-51 Mustang fighter that sits outside the museum entrance, this is one place you can easily find. Exhibits inside the museum include sculptures, murals and thousands of pieces of military memorabilia. You'll also find displays including names of soldiers killed in action since World War II. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m (hours may vary by season).

Another historical tribute to those who have served is the Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial, located just a few miles south of Branson in Patriots Park at the College of the Ozarks. The memorial pays tribute to more than 1,400 Missouri men and women who fought and died during the Vietnam War. Visitors are welcome at the memorial from sunrise to 10 p.m. daily.

Also at College of the Ozarks, The Lest We Forget 9/11 Memorial honors those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. The memorial features a World Trade Center column, known as "St. Michael's 37," honoring the 37 Port Authority officers killed that day. If you look closely, you'll see the resemblance of an angel's wings through the memorial's column and surrounding flanges. 

Veterans Homecoming Week

Veterans and their families can find special activities happening each November along with grateful supporters ready to thank them for their service during Branson's annual Veterans Homecoming Week. Slated for Nov. 5-11, 2020, this year's celebration will include special concerts, reunions, meals, activities and the annual Veterans Day Parade held in Historic Downtown Branson. A Vendor Village will be open daily at the Ballparks of America Complex.

Keep watching here for updates and schedule additions to this exciting week-long commemoration. 

Live Patriotic Tributes 

No visit to Branson is complete without seeing a live show. From country music and comedy to Broadway-styled productions and tribute performances, there's a show to fit everyone's taste. Branson entertainers have a long tradition of paying homage to those who’ve served, and it's not uncommmon for rousing ovations to occur when veterans are recognized as patriotic songs echo through performance venues.

During Veterans Homecoming Week, many performers dedicate shows especially to veterans. Check this Veterans Week schedule to see shows as they are announced. 

We're proud to be a destination for honoring veterans year-long. Learn more about veterans' events in Branson here

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