We invite you to join the P.O.W. NETWORK   (celebrating its 13th year "online", November 11, 2002, and our 8th 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 68th 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 Mecca for good food, entertainment, and caring individuals dedicated to our Veterans.

COMMAND CENTER 2002
at
The WHITE HOUSE Theatre

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755 Gretna Road

New 11,000 sq. foot location with easy access flat parking

BOOTH SPACE IS SOLD OUT  - no booths are available for 2002

The COMMAND CENTER will have Branson welcome information and directions to all events. It will be host to numerous active military and veterans organizations.   Media will be encouraged to air live broadcasts and interviews from the Command Center. Theater or in Command Center stage access for seminars, authors and special events will be coordinated by the Branson Veterans Task Force.

A Hospitality Room registry  is planned so any organization can list its mini-reunion, hospitality suite, or local watering hole plans. Conversation areas for vets are planned, several vendors will be available for unit patches and pin sales. Static displays of military vehicles, antique military vehicles, memorabilia and more are planned.  

The COMMAND CENTER will be open daily 
Tuesday, November 5th through November 11th.  
9 a.m. -  5 p.m.

2002 COMMAND CENTER SPONSORS 


Branson, MO
Steve Weyher and Staff

Ozark Mountain Coffee, 
Ozark, MO


Custom blended, 
custom roasted, 
for the connoisseur in 
all of us!


P.O.W. NETWORK



We welcome our DAY SPONSORS


Springfield, Missouri

FRIDAY

Branson, MO

Watch for Special Sponsors each day of Veteran's Homecoming!

OUTSIDE - WEATHER PERMITTING
Chaplain's Sunday morning "field service", 10:00 a.m.
Chaplain Ray Howton and Chaplain Jim Young officiating
(in case of  inclement weather, it will be moved INDOORS.)

Join us for custom roasted coffee, conversation, light lunches, Coke, memories and VETERANS shopping!! 
All the products to replace those lost over the decades. NO admission fees! 
Find an old friend or meet new ones. Our vendors and exhibitors are here to welcome you to Branson! 
Let us say THANK YOU for YOUR sacrifice!

BY VETERANS FOR VETERANS

The WWII Library and Museum artifacts (managed by Joe Meehan)  will again be on display daily. Joe and Rose have collected thousands of treasures that include uniforms, patches, weapons, medals and more. The Museum is now a 501 c3 and the new permanent building is undergoing renovation!


See the wonders of Wildlife with the Midwest's largest Fish and Wildlife Museum. Located just outside Bass Pro Shop in Springfield MO. Information on group tours, reunion visitors and more! Please be sure to let them know you appreciate their sponsorship of the Command Center!

Lee Thomas's "Military Memorabilia" will again be open for individuals to purchase custom hats, 
pins, unit patches, flags, POW bracelets and more!

All Veteran's Ball, American Legion Post 637, Table Rock - Celebrate the Marine Corps Birthday and more!!! Cash bar, Prime Rib Dinner, dancing.  GET YOUR TICKETS at our booth at the Command Center or call 417-739-4108. Limited seating.

Meet Richard Rezac and see the unique works of history from WWI though the Gulf War. Each work a military moment frozen in time.... A must-see exhibit. All paintings, prints and posters available for purchase. Paintings will also be featured at the 6th Annual Military Gala and Banquet.
MOOSE CREEK FORGE: Blacksmith, Bladesmith Steve, "Tiny" Robinson - certified Master Artist - Blacksmith. Navy SEAL!

On exhibit and available for purchase; yard ornaments, knives, blades, and other one-of-a-kind pieces. Ask about custom work or larger pieces for fireplaces or yards.

The 11th Airborne Division Association national quartermaster will have Association items for sale.

The Grand Plaza Hotel is located in the heart of Branson just off the world famous Highway 76 Country Music Boulevard. Host to veterans, conventions, reunions and families all year around. Spectacular view from the rooms and Chef K's dining room! Bring your reunion needs and the great staff will be glad to suggest reunion activities to suit every taste! Don't forget to stop by and tell them "thanks" for supporting the Command Center.

 

If you are concerned with Agent Orange, PTSD, Veterans Rights and YOUR future, stop by and speak with National officers and local representatives. Make VIETNOW your choice for the organization speaking out for you. National Officers will be in Branson.
Never a dull moment with the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots. Weather permitting, check rides will be given in the unique AH1 Luey. Bring your flight gear.
The Missouri Veterans Commission, and the Veterans Administration are expected to will host information booths. Claim help, veterans benefits information, medals requests, burial benefits, widows information.... will be available.

 

The Rocky Versace Memorial Chapter is looking for all Special Forces veterans to share memories, and a fun week of reunion activities. Be sure to come by for membership, raffles, door prizes, silent auction information and more!
Stop by and visit with reunion planners that have YOUR best interest at heart. Rustic beauty and caring staff make your stay in Branson at the Lodge of The Ozarks a memory maker! Please be sure to let them know you appreciate their sponsorship of the Command Center!

Sonny Burton's acrylic plaques, mirrors, permanent keepsakes - all done with military crests, medals, unit insignia or patches! Lasts for generations. Bring YOUR unique patch or medal and see what he can do for you!
Check on YOUR reunions hospitality suites, watering holes, meetings rooms, activities. If not posted, feel free to do so on our boards!


Meet Medal of Honor Recipient, Col. Roger Donlon, USA (Ret), author of Beyond Nam Dong.   During more than three decades in uniform and the ten years that follow his retirement, Roger Donlon writes with candor of all the teams he has served.  BEYOND NAM DONG is also the story of the author's return to Vietnam...almost twenty years after the bloody battle.  You will read how Roger Donlon and a team of his former adversaries worked together to walk the path of reconciliation.
MOZARK TROA - The Retired Officers Association will have membership information and Concurrent Receipt information. They can answer your questions on Congressional activities that will impact your life as a military retiree or spouse. 
As a veteran, physician, teacher and military medicine consultant, Col. Jimmie Dean Coy, MC FS, offers insight, advice and wisdom gathered from the leaders and heroes among us. Colonel Coy will be available at the Command Center and the Radisson Hotel Branson for autographs and interviews.  Watch for authors schedule!
Chaplain Ray Howton will be displaying the items he used in the field for services during Vietnam. A VETERANS SUNDAY SERVICE is planned for 10 a.m. November 10th in the Command Center. Homecoming 2002 honors Military Chaplains.

Author Andrew Carroll will be reading letters from his book on stage at the White House Theatre on Saturday, November 10, at 1:00pm. He will be available for autographs and book sales during the week. Watch for authors schedule! 

AVIDD
AMERICAN VETERANS IN DOMESTIC DEFENSE

Encourages and supports individuals organizations and corporations who are upholding our laws under The Constitution, freedom, morality and Christian principles, etc.

Chartered in 1978, Vietnam Veterans of America has chapters across the country. New chapters forming in the Branson/Springfield area. Come meet Missouri Membership Chairman, Tom Berger. VVA is active in veterans affairs, Agent Orange work, Vietnam humanitarian efforts and more!

MEET THE A TEAM!

Special Forces soldiers from A-554, 5th SFGA, Fort Campbell, Kentucky will join us for rappelling demonstrations and more. See full compliment of mission necessities, Desert Mobility Vehicle, infiltration equipment. Stop by to hear their stories of training, missions, and their efforts to assist in the War on Terror. See the edge new technology has given our Armed Forces. Nov 8-11.

Martin Enterprise - Custom embroidered logos. POW, military units, all branches, police, fire, 9/11 and more. Shirts, Sweatshirts, jackets, more. One item or 100. 
VETSCOR has an ongoing educational outreach program that will explain to and teach the people about our republican form of government, how government has over-reached and extended itself beyond its mandated limits, and what needs to be done to push government, particularly the federal government, back inside its constitutional box, and to limit it to ONLY those powers and duties specifically granted to it by the Constitution. 
See the patriotic artwork of Lorenzo Green. Known for his moving post 9/11 poster, Lorenzo has added to the series with several more lithographs. Meet Lorenzo and Felicia from GREEN SUPREME ART in Hollister.
The SAFE FOUNDATION works through public education and awareness of non-traditional security threats affecting all Americans and the American way of life: 
          Ballistic Missiles 
          Weapons of Mass Destruction (nuclear-chemical-biological) 
          Cyber-War threats directed at critical information infrastructure and service 
          Terrorism and Homeland Defense Issues 
Tony Orlando, the SAFE Foundation, and GiveSupport International (along with veterans, active duty personnel, and other individuals, organizations, and businesses) have joined together to support America's Freedom Through Strengthsm. Our two primary goals are: 
1) to encourage Americans and others to openly support our military, a missile defense, and the war on terrorism, and 2) to help raise funds for various non-profit national security programs. 
Our campaigns will support and promote a Fully Intact & Trained/Transformed U.S. Armed Forces, a fully deployed missile defense system that will Annihilate Incoming Missiles, and an anti-terrorism policy that will Attack & Crush Terrorism worldwide. We see FIT-AIM-ACTsm as the first three words in America's defense.
Congressionally Chartered for the Combat Wounded, The Military Order of the Purple Heart is one of the "most exclusive" of the veterans organizations. Wear the Purple Heart proudly... get involved. Let your voice be heard in Washington. Receive the Purple Heart Magazine, benefit from group insurance offers and more! Col Jim Young USA (Ret), MOPH National Chaplain, will be on and to answer all your questions.
David Cosper Mgmt, Inc.: It's For America 
Create patriotic heirlooms by inserting medals, ribbon bars, insignias, wings, photos, etc. (all branches of service) The lyrics of the award winning song, "It's For America" are beautifully displayed overlaying the American flag. The ghosted effect creates a reverent and subtle setting to exhibit your most treasured awards.
The Army Recruiting Corps will join us to highlight "what's new" in the  war on terror, weapons, technology, benefits and more.

The stories in Chicken Soup for the Veteran's Soul are told from a very personal point of view. Meet Sid and Ilene Slagter and take a journey though military history like you have never experienced before! Nov 7-10
National Medical War Memorial and Youth Education Center Project Memorial -  Meet Medal of Honor Recipient "Doc" Ballard (USMC) and see the proposed Memorial illuminating medical service to the wounded on the field of battle during the Vietnam War.
Military art from the Northlands in Minnesota. Beautiful framed prints for every generation of aviator and more. See history retold or find the print you never thought you'd own!
The P.O.W. NETWORK will again host an information booth on the POW issue. Information will be available on EVERY POW or MIA from the Vietnam conflict and Korean War. Memorabilia will be on display from the prisons of Hanoi. The infamous "phony list" of those 700+ individuals claiming POW status will be available for take home reference for organizations and posts. Locate a NAME ON THE WALL - get printout for full name, home, cause of casualty, race, religion, marital status.......   MORE THAN A BAND OF METAL will be available for purchase!

QUESTIONS ??

vendors/sponsors -- info@pownetwork.org

speakers/theater use -- info@bransonveterans.com


Booth space for 2003  
Nov 5-11, 9 am till 5 pm. 
MUST BE veteran owned or military/veteran themed.
White House Theatre, West Wing

vendors/sponsors -- info@pownetwork.org
660-928-3304

Sponsorship and Support

NOTE : The P.O.W. NETWORK is proud to work with our many friends in Branson.
We appreciate their year-round support and sponsorship.

We thank those that make our part of Branson in 2001 possible:

2001 sponsors included Branson's Golden Corral, Culligan Water, Ozark Mountain Coffee Co., the P.O.W. NETWORK, PEPSI, Anheuser Busch, Country Tonite Theatre, Legends in Concert.

  • Branson Golden Corral

  • Anheuser Busch, Will Fischer Dist. Co., Springfield, MO

  • Branson's Review Magazine

  • DELENE

  • Joe and Rose Meehan

  • VOICE NEWS

  • JoAnn Sutton

  • DAV Capter 7

  • Radisson Hotel Branson

  • Silver Dollar City, Inc./Showboat Branson Belle

  • Branson USA Amusement Park, Convention Center and Theater

  • Mike Radford's Remember When Veterans Cafe

  • Stone Hill Winery

  • Ozark Mountain Sightseeing

  • Branson Music Mall Theatre and 50's at the Hop

  • Ozark Mountain Coffee Company

  • Mid America Chapter VHPA

  • Branson Veterans Task Force

  • Creative Printing and Design

  • Cole Hardware and Craig Newmark

  • Pepsi

  • Country Tonite Theatre

  • Legends  in Concert

  • Medsker Sales and Service 

  • GMCI

  • Heart Of Illinois POW/MIA Association

  • Bill Medsker

  • MOZARK TROA

  • Drew Cottril

  • Al and Karen Smith

  • Joe and Mary Milliner

  • American Legion Post 637

  • College of the Ozarks

  • Branson Culligan Water

  • Settle Inn Resort

COMMAND POST BRANSON 2000 

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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.