Branson, Missouri is a town known for its devotion to veterans. From November 5-11, 2013, a special Branson Veterans Homecoming celebrates their courage and sacrifices while also honoring the gift of freedom they have gave us all. The event is America’s largest veteran’s celebration and welcomes men and women from all branches of military. The seven day tribute includes many special events and all of the regular festivities, including reunions, a day room, free lunches and a vendor village, are returning.

Branson Veterans Task Force is hosting “Vets for Vets” as the opening show for the event. The USO-style production includes tap singers, musicians and comedians. Mickey Gilley is set to perform, as is actor Troy Evans. Other artists making an appearance include WWII veteran Chico Vega and the Drifters tribute show, Neil Diamond tribute artist Navy veteran Keith Allyn Vietnam veteran Eddie Stovall and the World Famous Platters, Army Veteran Janice Martin from the Showboat Branson Belle, Army veteran Rich Watson from Smoke on the Mountain and Peggy Lee Brennan of the TV Series MASH. The show begins at 2pm November 5 at the Baldknobbers Jamboree Theater and is free!

This year marks the 80th Branson Veterans Day Parade, as well as the final Tony Orlando Yellow Ribbon Salute to Veterans. The parade, scheduled for November 11 in downtown Branson, is a long standing tradition that is an inherent part of the way Branson honors Veterans, active duty Military personnel and their families. It is a memorable end to Branson’s Veterans Homecoming Week. Tony Orlando’s show will be even more special this year as it will be the final curtain call for his Yellow Ribbon Salute to Veterans. It is scheduled for 2pm November 11.

Retired marine colonel Oliver North returns to Branson Veterans Homecoming Week November 10-11. North will be signing his new book “American Heroes on the Homefront” from 4:30-8:30pm at Silver Dollar City November 10. Then, on November 11, he will be at the Branson Landing from 9-11am, appear in the parade at 11am and following the parade will be at Bass Pro Shops signing his book until 1:45pm. From there, he will head to Tony Orlando’s show where he’ll be available during intermission.

In addition to the many of the usual celebrations is the “A Wartime Romance” production featuring actor Troy Evans. Set against the backdrop of WWII, the musical play tells the true story of U.S. Marine Captain Tom Johnson, a WWII dive bomber, who finds strength, hope and inspiration form the love letters he writes and receives from Margaret Wolf back home in Horton, Kansas. The special show will be performed November 6, 8, 9, and 11 at 2pm at the Baldknobbers Theater. Tickets can purchased by calling 417-334-4528 or by visiting wartimeromane.com.

Troy Evans will also be hosting his one man show “Troy Evans’ Montana Tales” at the Branson Central Theater. The late night show is set for 10:30pm on November 4-5 and 8-9.

To see the entire Veterans Homecoming 2013 schedule, click here.

Make plans to be in Branson during this unique event honoring the courage, service, commitment and sacrifice of the men and women who have fought for our freedom.

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