Every year the country takes a day to celebrate the men and women who have served in the military for the country. Veterans day is only one day, but in Branson service members are celebrated year round. Every show in the city does a salute to service members, but the cities commitment doesn’t just end there. The week surrounding Veteran’s Day each year is known in Branson as Veteran’s Week, where the city not only opens its doors to one of the largest amounts of Veteran visitors but actually creates a Village just for them where Veterans can reconnect, have a meal with friends and even make new ones.
Veterans Village is located at the Ballparks of America Complex and offers meals, snacks, shopping and live music. Every Veteran who attends signs in and registers with their service. This allows the Branson Veterans Task Force to help reconnect service members who use to serve together.
There is no cost to Veterans to attend Veterans Village and by registering they can receive discounts at hotels, free shows throughout the village and free meals as well. Take time to visit, connect and even enjoy the Veterans Parade during Veterans Week.
About Veterans Village:
For nearly two decades Veterans Village has extended a warm “welcome home” to veterans and their families during Branson’s Homecoming Week at which time, tens of thousands of patriots receive an affectionate greeting at Veterans Village, Nov. 5-10, hosted by Branson Veterans Task Force (BVTF).
Its new location at 1000 Pat Nash Drive in the Ballparks of America Complex is a venue that allows the BVTF to offer a mess hall and entertaining dayroom. There is also a Vendor Village that provides a unique shopping experience for former and present day military personnel. Non-profit organizations with resources for veterans and their loved ones are also available. Shopping in ‘Vendor Village’ presents an opportunity for veterans to register for the many discounts Branson businesses offer them. It also provides veterans and their families a place to shop for relatable memorabilia, patches, hats, books, items of interest.
Army veteran Brenda Meadows, BVTF board chairperson, said the focus of the non-profit organization’s annual Veterans Village is to provide veterans the resources, connections and camaraderie they need.
“Veterans Village offers the friendship, atmosphere and products that help make these heroes of our freedom feel welcomed, appreciated and accepted.” Meadows said. “BVTF wants to make their ‘Welcome Home’ in Branson a special time to remember, as well as highlight Branson’s heartbeat toward honoring past, present and future military personnel.”
To find out more about the Branson’s Veterans Village and how to be involved visit their website. Be sure to check out their lists of other reunions to help reconnect with service members of your past.