Veterans Homecoming Week

Annually November 5-11
(same dates no matter the days)

We invite you to join the P.O.W. NETWORK  - celebrating its 28th year "online", November 11, 2017, and our 22nd year in Branson - for the largest Veterans Day  celebration in the country. The week-long tribute includes over 60 special events which present patriotic salutes to Veterans, and the 84th Annual Veterans Day parade.

Branson, Missouri is now known as the national home for all Veterans, active duty military personnel and their families. It is a military reunion planners gold-mine for good food, entertainment, and caring individuals dedicated to our Veterans.

The weeks events salute our veterans and kick off the Christmas Season for Branson! Enjoy the sights, sounds and THANKS of a grateful City.



Branson Bugle

branson bugle, SPRING edition 2017

21st Annual
Military Gala & Banquet

8 Nov
20th Anniversary Military Banquet & Gala
9 Nov 2016

Gala 2016 photos
2016 videos

19th Annual Military Gala & Banquet
18th Annual Military Gala & Banquet
Gala 2013 photos
GALA 2012 photos

GALA 2011 photos

GALA 2010 photos
Photos Gala 2009
Photos Gala 2008

Photos GALA 2007

Photos  GALA 2006
Photos GALA 2005
Photos GALA 2003
CHATEAU pictures
Photos  GALA 2002
Gala 2001
Gala 2000
Photos Command Center 2002
Photos All Veterans Ball 2002
Photos  Radisson 2002


Purple Heart 2017




SUNDAY, Nov  5th, 2017

Welk Resort Branson, 1984 MO-165, Branson, MO
Vietnam Memorial Wall Opens.  Volunteers welcome to read the names daily. Call 417-336-3575.





                                                                WWII MINI REUNION
                         1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

 Shindigs restaurant, next to Mickey Gilley's
Free Coffee, cobbler, and a special "Appreciation Show"
by the cast of All Hands on Deck! show.

Shindigs Smokehouse Restaurant
3457 W 76 Country Blvd
Branson, MO 65616

Sarah, 417-335-4668,

A reminder that freedom isn't free

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Opening Day Welcome Home Celebration  
3pm to 7pm

Local Entertainment all day! Come celebrate America's
greatest heroes. Veterans and active military

Location: Shindigs Smokehouse Restaurant
                                                      3457 West 76 Country Blvd
                                                   Branson, MO 65616

                                                Hosts: Shindigs, Dee and Sarah

MONDAY, Nov 6, 2017

Welk Resort Branson, 1984 MO-165, Branson, MO
Vietnam Memorial Wall Formal Opening Ceremony organized by Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 913. 
Call SFC Ernie Bradley 870-365-8950.


Medics, nurses, combat vets Mini Reunion
2pm - 4pm

Join your medic, nurse, or combat vet friends for a mini reunion.

This will be a great time of fellowship, sharing of stories,
thanks, hugs, and camaraderie. There will be a guest speaker, snacks, and other little surprises.

Stick around because at 5:00 pm Westgate Resort will be doing a Tree lighting ceremony.

Location: Westgate Resort Grand Pavilion
2201 Roark Valley Road
Branson, MO 65616

                       Sarah, 417-335-4668,
                    Becky, 417-332-3557,

Mary Clapper, a charter member of American Legion Post
1214, Women Veterans of SW Missouri in Springfield,
took part in so many of the 2016 Veterans Week activities.

TUESDAY, Nov 7, 2017



POW/MIA Service of Remembrance

 Welk Resort Branson
Vietnam Memorial Wall. 
Outdoors  (weather permitting) - will move inside if weather is extreme.
info - P.O.W. NETWORK
Sponsored by Welk Resort Branson
Wreath laying.
Music by  [TBD]
Guest Speaker:  
Former POW and TWA Flight 847 hostage,
Lt Col Kurt Carlson,  Army (Ret)



Sandbox Party at Mel's Hard Luck Diner
8:30 am to 10 am

Bring yourself, a buddy, and your appetite to Mel's Hard luck Diner in the Grand Village for a 
FREE breakfast for all veterans  that served in the "Sandbox

Location:  Mel's Hard Luck Diner
2800 W 76 Country Blvd
Branson, MO 65616

Sarah, 417-335-4668,

Nov 8, 2017

        From Duty to Beauty is coming to Veterans Week in Branson, Missouri. There will be a gathering of women who have served in our Armed Forces and of those in attendance five of them will be selected, based on the essays submitted by their family and friends, to receive a glamorous makeover - hair, makeup, mani/pedi and will arrive at the 21st annual Military Gala& Banquet by limousine.

Vendors will be present, with special attention to women's issues. A luncheon and fashion show are scheduled as well.

From April 1 through Sept. 15 essays will be accepted that include information on the woman's time in service, what her service meant to her, her family and friends, her experiences in returning to civilian life and why she deserves a makeover. The essays will be judged by a panel of women veterans and veteran supporters.  Winners will be announced October 15.

Visit for updates.

To nominate your favorite lady veteran go to!  and click on the contest link on the home page. 

Donations are tax-deductible.  2017 Sponsor Opportunities available.

For more information, email Dee Elledge at  or call  417-224-7554  or Kathy at 417-230-1282.


2016 From Duty to Beauty Corporate Sponsors:

Gifts of Distinction
Lakeside Shoppes at Branson Landing


Our Congratulations to the 2016 winners. They enjoyed a full day of pampering, camaraderie, and girl talk, culminating with an evening of entertainment, dinner and dance at the 20th Anniversary Gala. Thanks to all our corporate sponsors for their generous support.

Our great team, Dee, Kathryn and Sarah with our winners.

The 2016 From Duty to Beauty winners, all women veterans.

WEDNESDAY, Nov 8, 2017



21st Anniversary Military Gala & Banquet

Chateau on the Lake, Branson
Hosted by the P.O.W. NETWORK
All branches, all wars welcome,  public invited.  
Branson's longest running military tribute ball.
USMC Birthday Cake Cutting.
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm.                                Tickets $55.00 each. 

Reservations required - 417-336-4232

THURSDAY  NOV  9, 2017














4th Infantry (IVY) Division


9 November 2017

2-6 p.m.

Where: Savannah House, 165 Expressway, Branson


Phone: 920-860-1630  or  660-553-0843

The 4th ID will host a special hospitality room at the Savannah House for all 4th ID veterans and active duty personnel.
All are welcome to come by and enjoy fellowship and camaraderie.  Be sure to sign up to march in the parade, Nov 11 with the 4thID.

8th Annual Walmart tribute to Veterans Show and Meal
8:30 - 11am

Walmart, in association with and the POW Network, will host a Tribute to Veterans on November 9th.
Fun, fellowship, and entertainment will be provided.
Location: Mansion Theatre, 187 Expressway Ln, Branson, MO 65616

  Meal will be served after the show.  11:30 - 1:30pm 
Location to be announced

For more information email Dee Elledge at

Our Thanks for 2016:

Nov 10th



NOON - 2pm

Location: Shindigs Smokehouse Restaurant
       3457 West 76 Country Blvd,  Branson, MO 65616

Entertainment, lunch, gifts and door prizes.


For more information, email Dee Elledge at  or
call  417-224-7554

2017 Sponsor


SATURDAY,  Nov  11th

84th Annual Veteran’s Day Parade at 11am to be held in Branson. 


Vietnam Memorial Wall - Closing Ceremony.  Welk Resort
Time TBA

If you would like to help sponsor:

21st annual Military Gala & Banquet
The Sandbox Reunion
WWII Mini Reunion
Medic, Corpsmen, Nurses Reunion
 Homefront Heores - Spouses Tribute
From Duty To Beauty contest

send us a note and we'll get back to you!


If you would like to volunteer to help:

Setup or teardown or cleanup:

  •  Homefront Heroes - Spouses Tribute

  • Walmart Luncheon

Serve food and drinks: 

  • The Sandbox Reunion

  • WWII Mini Reunion

    Send us a note so we can keep you updated with times and dates and needs -


If you would like to donate gifts for door prizes and raffles for the  From Duty to Beauty contest or any of the mini reunions

send us a note and we'll get back to you!

Donations are tax deductible.  The P.O.W. Network is a 501 3c educational organization.

22nd Annual Military Gala & Banquet

Saturday,  10 November, 2018

Chateau on the Lake

The events listed are in no way all-inclusive.  
Events are subject to change, and event and information flyers are available all over Branson during Homecoming.


From Wednesday, November 10, 2010  



These events are posted for your information only. The posting in no way implies endorsement or sponsorship, only unique activities.  This is an UNOFFICIAL Branson information site,  voluntarily posted by the P.O.W. NETWORK highlighting POW NETWORK or general events.

The P.O.W. NETWORK is a member of the  

Branson - Real American Entertainment.
Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce & Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Photos courtesy of Dee and Sarah