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.


November 5th will kick off with our salute to those who served during WWII. Join us from 1-2:30 p.m. at  

This reunion is free to WWII Veterans and their families. Reservations not required. Stop in and join us for coffee, cobbler and a special show of appreciation from area entertainers.

For more information or to volunteer to help, call Dee at 870-421-3511 or email Sarah Hord at



Dessert Sponsor: 


NO admittance charge

Shindigs Opening Day Welcome Home Celebration and Show


Come celebrate America's
greatest heroes. Veterans and active military.

NO admittance charge 

It is open to all veterans and their families. No reservations are required.

For more information, contact Dee Elledge at 870-421-3511.

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:   TBD

 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

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


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

This is for YOU!!  

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

 NO admittance charge

Join us on November 7th from 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. at Mel’s Hard Luck Diner. No need to bring your shovels to this Sandbox Party. But you do need to bring yourself, a Gulf War buddy and your appetites! Once again Mel’s Hard Luck Diner in the Grand Village is providing breakfast for those who’ve served in the Gulf War. No SOS here just a hearty meal of biscuits and gravy and anything else “Cookie” can scrape together. Yes, we will have the “Cereal Give-Away” again so come ready to pair your favorite cereal with your favorite beverage. Reservations not required.

For more information or to volunteer to help, call Dee at 870-421-3511 or email Sarah Hord at

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


Noon - 2pm


Entertainment, hot lunch, gifts and door prizes.


Holding down the Homefront while loved ones served our country has taken a toll on military families. Homefront Heroes will be honored from noon til 2 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Shoppes at Branson Meadows. For those serving, knowing that someone was waiting for them to come home was always a comfort. The question is” Who comforts the one who is trying to get the kids to their school plays, and call the repairman every time something breaks?” The spouses, of course! We want to say, “Thank you” to those of you who held down the homefront and those of you who continue to support your veterans today. Join our sponsor, Veterans Coffee Company, for lunch and entertainment.

Seating is limited so be sure to RSVP by calling Dee Elledge at 870-421-3511 or emailing your name and the number of people in your party to Sarah Hord at

Spouses eat free, donation asked for any guests.

2018 Gift

2017/2018/2019 Sponsor

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

This reunion of Medics, Nurses, Combat Veterans and Evac Hospital personnel will be on November 8th from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Grand Pavilion at the Westgate Resort located at 2201 Roark Valley Road.

Reunions are the act of people getting together again after being apart. Among veterans, this usually results in your brothers and sisters welcoming you with open arms and sharing stories that can cause tears but can also heal hidden wounds and fears. When combat veterans come together, there are always stories about the courageous medics and nurses that save their live and the lives of their buddies. Too often the names are never known on either side, but the appreciation and bonds endure.

At this reunion we strive to reunite combat veterans with the medics, nurses and Evac Hospital staff that saved their lives.

For more information contact either Sarah at


Becky at Westgate Resort at 417-332-3557 or

SATURDAY  NOV  9, 2019 

10th Annual WalMart Tribute to Veterans

Mansion Theatre,
187 Expressway Ln, Branson, MO 65616

Meal will be served after the show. 
11:30 - 2:00pm 


Join us, on Nov. 9th, as we celebrate our first decade of bring you the 10th Annual Walmart Tribute to Veterans show and luncheon! The pre-show will start at 8:30 the Mansion Theatre with the show starting at 9:00 a.m. After the show join us for lunch at the Shoppes at Branson Meadows.  Once again, the area WalMart's, WalMart truck drivers and five of the finest distribution centers invite you to come join 2,000 of your veteran pals and their families to experience th fun, fellowship, great entertainment and lunch again this year. We thank you for your service and sacrifice. The event will be co-hosted by the incredibly talented Barbara Fairchild and Roy Morris again this year!

 For more information about the event visit or call Dee Elledge at 870-421-3511.

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!

NO admittance charge



Korean War Veterans Mini Reunion

2pm-4pm         Stone Castle

3050 Green Mountain Dr, Branson, MO

The Korean War is often called the Forgotten War, but here in Branson, no veteran is forgotten. Stone Castle Hotel is once again providing your favorite room for us to gather 2-4 p.m. on Nov. 9. Come enjoy the entertainment and story-telling to keep your history alive. Don’t let your knowledge and heroism be forgotten.  


Kathy and Mac, 417-230-1282

Sponsor:  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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