Once a year, Americans take one day – formally, officially – to honor veterans: Nov. 11. Restaurants provide free meals, and attractions offer free and discounted admission. It's a great day. Except in Branson, where it's an entire week.
Each November, the Southwest Missouri town honors those who have served in the military with special events, parades, shows and more during Veterans Homecoming Week. And as far as they're concerned, that's still not enough. Branson makes veterans feel special every single day of the year.
Top attractions, restaurants, hotels and stores offer great deals for veterans (and active military personnel) year-round, so be sure to call ahead and ask.
In addition to Branson, there are a variety of other Missouri attractions that love to welcome veterans.
The fabulous Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium in Springfield shows their appreciation year-round, with a 10 percent discount for active-duty military and veterans and their dependents.
Enjoy a winter escape to Hidden Valley in Wildwood for a little snow skiing, snowboarding and tubing. Veterans and retired military receive a 50 percent discount with a valid retired ID or copy of their DD214; active duty military receive $15 lift tickets and $15 rental. They're open December through mid-March.
The Kansas City Royals offer active-duty and retired military the opportunity to purchase up to four half-price tickets for most regular-season games.
Veterans are special people and deserve a special day. In the Show-Me State, that day is every day.
Written by Barbara Brueggeman