Branson Hosts 40,000 Visitors During Veterans Week

By Lex Smith |

Published 11/06 2013 04:59PM

Updated 11/12 2013 11:09AM

BRANSON, Mo. -- Veterans week officially started on Tuesday. In the days leading up to the parade, the Chamber of Commerce expects more than 40,000 people to visit the city.

Througout the week many shows and restaurants will offer freebies and discounts for veterans and their families. Advocacy groups like the Branson Veterans Task Force offer free lunch for the veterans.

James Bush, a Vietnam and Persian Gulf veteran from Alabama, appreciated the warm welcome from the city.

“You never know who you're going to meet,” he said. “Last night I met a guy I was in Vietnam with last night. I enjoyed seeing him, I enjoyed seeing him.”

A number of reunion events throughout the week let veterans meet and reminisce about the service.

The College of the Ozarks is showing special performances of its original play, "Four Star Country Boy."

The Veterans Parade through downtown Branson begins Mon. Nov. 11 at 11:00 am.

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