For the twelfth year the Welk Resort Branson will host the traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial, known as “The Wall,” during the 2008 Veterans Homecoming celebration. This moving tribute to our fallen and missing Vietnam Veterans will be open to the public for viewing at the Welk Resort Branson, November 5 through November 11, 2008. A special locator book will be available to assist visitors in finding specific names.

This official half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the most visited memorial in Washington, D.C., spans nearly 240 feet in length and lists the more than 58,000 names of the nation’s fallen heroes in the Vietnam conflict in honor of our Veterans during our Veterans Homecoming Week Celebration.

A special opening ceremony for “The Wall”, will be held at the Welk Resort on Tuesday, November 5, at 10:00 AM.

As is customary, the names inscribed on the wall will be read aloud throughout the seven-day period. The Welk Resort welcomes any volunteers wishing to read, the names and hometowns of the more than fifty-eight thousand Americans whose names are inscribed on “The Wall”. Normally readers are asked to read for at least 30 minutes. Please call the Welk Resort at 417-336-3575 ext. 118 or call 800-505-9355. There will also be a POW/MIA Service of Tribute and Remembrance held at The Wall at 8:00 AM on Friday, November. 7.

“It is with a sense of gratitude and honor that the Welk Family and The Welk Resort sponsor this tribute,” Dathan Atchison, General Manager of the Welk Resort. “We invite our visitors and our neighbors to come experience this moving memorial.”

Information courtesy of Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce