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 29th year "online", November 11, 2018, and our 23rd 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 85th 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

Spring 2018 edition


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
Sponsors and Supporters
(in addition to our GALA sponsors)


With excitement and anticipation, Tom and I are pleased to announce the titles for The Sixth Annual Military Film Festival scheduled for November 6-10.

Reminder, the opening ceremony is still scheduled for November 5 with the parade on November 11.

 There will be more information coming forth very soon.  Stay tuned and start sharing with your friends about the upcoming events. 

Just for now, here are the films and the dates:


Tuesday Nov 6:          Lost Airmen of Buchenwald (WWII) [102 minutes]

 Wednesday Nov 7:     Clearing the Way (Afghanistan) [93 minutes]

Thursday Nov 8:         Escape from Firebase Kate (Vietnam) [60 minutes]

Friday Nov 9:             Chosin (Korean War) [86 minutes]

Saturday Nov 10:        Repeat:  Escape from Firebase Kate (Vietnam) [60 minutes]


Each of these films can be reviewed on Google.  Type in the title and look for the title with the inclusion of IMDB. That is the movie link to let you see all the data for viewing.

We have had some great films shown at our festival.  However, Tom and I believe this could be one of the best. 

There will be much more coming about each film, and our special guests, but this is what we have so far. 


See you in November!!!


Jim Wilhite

Co-founder, Branson Military Film Festival.



MONDAY, Nov  5th, 2018


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

Vietnam Memorial Wall Formal Opening Ceremony organized by Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 913. 
Call SFC Ernie Bradley 870-365-8950.












1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

 Jim Stafford Theatre
 Free Coffee, dessert, raffles and entertainment.

Sarah, 417-335-4668,

Dessert Sponsor: 



NO admittance charge

Shindigs Opening Day Welcome Home Celebration and Show
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Jim Stafford Theat

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

NO admittance charge

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018





POW/MIA Service of Remembrance

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

NO admittance charge

WEDNESDAY, Nov 7, 2018







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,

                        NO admittance charge

2017 - Mel's diner served breakfast to our Persian War veterans - both rooms were filled with attendees!

Branson, MO


THURSDAY  NOV  8, 2018













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,

             NO admittance charge

Medics and nurses gathered with veterans, to remember....2017

Entire families came to pay tribute!

4th Infantry (IVY) Division


 8 November 2018

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.

Nov 9, 2018






























11am - 1pm

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


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

Spouses eat free, donation asked for any guests.

2017 Sponsor
2018 Sponsors

Branson Landing


Some of the 430 guests - as Spouses were honored! 2017

Our sponsor - veteran Kent Robinson and his wife Teresa serving lunch to the guests, 2017.

Dee, dancing to the music with one of the guests.


Peggy Lee Brennan, from MASH visits with Korean War Veterans, 2017
56 Korean War veterans brought friends and family!

Peggy Lee Brennan, aka Lt Linda Nugent, 2017

Korean War Veterans Mini-reunion

2pm-4pm         Stone Castle

3050 Green Mountain Dr, Branson, MO

Entertainment, Coffee and dessert,
Raffle prizes

Join us!

Sarah, 417-335-4668,

Dee Elledge at

NO admittance charge



Stone Castle

Dessert Sponsor:

SATURDAY  NOV  10, 2018




9th 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 10th.
Fun, fellowship, and entertainment will be provided.

Mansion Theatre,
187 Expressway Ln, Branson, MO 65616

  Meal will be served after the show.  11:30 - 1:30pm 
Branson Meadows  - watch for signs!

For more information email Dee Elledge at

Our Thanks for 9 years of support:

NO admittance charge.   In 2017, 1900 attended the show, and 2200 came to the lunch.

Gala 1

22nd Annual Military Gala & Banquet
Saturday, 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 $55.00 each. 

Reservations required - 417-336-4232
Business attire, after 5, Uniforms, Mess Dress,  formal wear please



Nov  11th

85th 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:

22nd or 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

    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.

Need more information,  Just click below


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.


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 $55.00 each. 

Reservations required - 417-336-4232
Business attire, after 5, Uniforms, Mess Dress,  formal wear please




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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