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 30th year "online", November 11, 2019, and our 24th 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 86th 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

FALL 2018 edition


23rd Annual Military Gala & Banquet
Sunday, Nov 10, 2019
22nd Annual Military Gala & Banquet
Saturday, Nov 10, 2018
21st Annual
Military Gala & Banquet

8 Nov 2017
Gala 2017 photos
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

TUESDAY, Nov  5th, 2019

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












(Venue TBA)
 Free Coffee, dessert, raffles and entertainment.

Sarah, 417-249-0288
Kathy, 417-230-1282

Dessert Sponsor: 


NO admittance charge

Shindigs Opening Day Welcome Home Celebration and Show
(Venue TBA)

  Come celebrate America's
greatest heroes. Veterans and active military.
Hosts:  Dee and Sarah

NO admittance charge

WEDNESDAY, Nov 6, 2019





POW/MIA Service of Remembrance

 Welk Resort Branson
Vietnam Memorial Wall. 
Outdoors  (weather permitting) - will move inside if weather is extreme.

Guest Speaker:  MSGT Alex Jenkins, USAF (Ret), Iranian Hostage, 1979

 Sponsored by Welk Resort Branson
Wreath laying.

NO admittance charge

THURSDAY, Nov 7, 2019







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

Did you serve in the Persian Gulf War,
or since then?

Did you see the sands of Iraq, Syria Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia,
Bahrain, Kuwait, Pakistan, Turkey, UAE,  Qatar, Turkey,
Djibouti, Jordan…

This is for YOU!!

Bring yourself, a buddy, and your appetite to Mel's Hard luck Diner
in the Grand Village for a  FREE breakfast and door prizes.

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

    Sarah, 417-249-0288

     NO admittance charge


Mel's diner served breakfast to our Persian War veterans - both rooms were filled with attendees!

Noon - 2pm

Location: Branson Meadows
Entertainment, hot lunch, gifts and door prizes.


For more information, email Dee Elledge at  or call  870-421-3511

Spouses eat free, donation asked for any guests.

2018 Gift

2017 Sponsor / 2018 Sponsor

From Nov. 11, 2018, to Feb. 14, 2019, for every pound of coffee sold,
Veterans Coffee Company will donate $1 to the P.O.W Network.

NOV 8, 2019

8th Annual Navy Memorial Service     8:30 am

Location: Westgate Branson Woods Resort, 2201 Roark Valley Road, Branson, MO   

For more info: or 417-332-3557

4th Annual Medics, Nurses & Combat Vets Mini Reunion

Location: Westgate Resort, 2201 Roark Valley Road, Branson, MO   2 PM to 4 PM

Host: Becky, Sarah

For more info: or 417-332-3557

Vietnam Veterans Mini Reunion

Watch for Details

SATURDAY  NOV  9, 2019 







10th Anniversary Walmart Tribute to Veterans Show and Meal
8:30 - 11am

Walmart, in association with and the POW Network, will host the 10th Anniversary Tribute
Fun, food, fellowship, and entertainment will be provided.

Mansion Theatre,
187 Expressway Ln, Branson, MO 65616

  Meal will be served after the show.  11:30 - 2:00pm 
Branson Meadows  - watch for signs!

For more information email Dee Elledge at

Our Thanks for 10 years of support:

NO admittance charge.   In 2017 and 2018, approx1900 attended the show, and 2200 came to the lunch.

 95 Korean War veterans brought friends and family in 2018!

Korean War Veterans Mini Reunion

2pm-4pm         Stone Castle

3050 Green Mountain Dr, Branson, MO

Entertainment, Coffee and dessert, Raffle prizes

Kathy and Mac, 417-230-1282

NO admittance charge


Stone Castle

Dessert Sponsor:

NOV 10, 2019

4th Infantry (IVY) Division


 10 November 2019

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.

23rd Annual Military Gala & Banquet
Sunday, Nov 10

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
Dancing, Fireworks, Entertainment, Dinner 

5:00 pm - 11:00 pm.            Tickets $55 each

Reservations required - 417-336-4232

Business attire, after 5, Uniforms, Mess Dress,  formal wear please



Nov  11th

86th Annual Veteran’s Day Parade at 11am

Vietnam Memorial Wall - Closing Ceremony.  Welk Resort
Time TBA

If you would like to help SPONSOR:

 23rd Annual Military Gala & Banquet
The Sandbox Reunion
WWII Mini Reunion
Medic, Corpsmen, Nurses Reunion
Korean War Mini Reunion
 Homefront Heroes - Spouses Tribute

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

  • Korean War  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 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.

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





These events are posted for your information only.   This is an UNOFFICIAL Branson information site,  voluntarily posted by the P.O.W. NETWORK highlighting POW NETWORK sponsored/partnered events or general events.

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

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

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