Branson is known for the largest Veterans Homecoming Celebration in the nation. Even though the event is four months away, the event organizers are already in the planning stages. All of the regular festivities, including reunions, a day room, free lunches and a vendor village, are returning.
This year, the Opening Ceremony is also returning. “Vets for Vets” will be performed on November 5. The show will include tap dancers, singers, musicians, comedians and even a 12-piece orchestra. An upbeat show, the finale will feature “Dancing in the Streets.”
“Vets for Vets” is unique as it is specifically seeking entertainers who are also veterans.
The vendor village, day room, lunch room and other activities will return to Factory Merchants Branson, commonly known as the Red Roof mall, despite the fact the mall is closing at the end of June.
Other activities planned for Veterans Homecoming 2012includes the 16th Annual Military Gala and Banquet, set for 5 p.m. Nov. 9; the 8th Annual Tribute to Women Veterans Nov. 9 at Stone Castle Hotel and Conference Center; and the Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall at Welk Resort.