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Avenue of Freedom

Honor a Hero with a flag on the Avenue of Freedom

Each of the nearly 100 American flags displayed along Gretna Road accompany a placard that bears the name of a US military veteran, first responder or present day warrior. For 14 years the flags have been respectfully placed on the poles along the one and a half miles of personalized memorials known as “The Avenue of Freedom,”Branson’s Board of Aldermen sanctioned the Avenue of Freedom on Nov. 14, 2001. It was designated to honor United States veterans who gave their lives for freedom and for those who died from terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 (9/11).

It is supported by donations.
Donations for flags and the names of each honoree are received by the Branson Veterans Task Force. The placement of each flag is orchestrated by veterans and volunteers then flown from the week before Memorial Day until the week after Veterans Day.
After each flag is “retired” it is shipped to a designated recipient complete with a personalized certificate.

“People that make a donation to have the flags flown actually come (to Branson) and look for those flags,” said Vietnam veteran Tom Goldsworthy, who maintained the Avenue of Freedom for 13 years until he passed the torch to other volunteers in 2015. “The person who orders the flag is not always the person that gets the flag. Some buy them for relatives that served and some buy them in honor of friends that served.”

Through the years there have been many volunteers that helped maintain the flags and sponsorship placards, veterans and non-veterans.
Among the volunteers that have helped keep the flags flying is Randy Brott from Sudden Link. For years Brott has provided the lift truck needed to place the flags on the poles that are the property of Empire Electric.

BVTF Board Member, Vietnam veteran Steve Weyher spearheads other volunteers who coordinate their schedules to place the flags and placards on the Avenue of Freedom, as well as take them down and mail them to the donors.

”It is a very gratifying thing to help place the flags and the names on the poles,” Wehyer said. ”And it takes four people at a time to do it. I am proud to be one of those people. The responses we get from the recipients makes all the difference in the world. It is very emotional."
 

If you would like to have an Honor Flag flown, become a corporate sponsor or mail a donation
contact BVTF 417-337-8387 or Vietnam Veteran Steve Weyher, 417-894-7227.

Click on each of the links below to instantly download the forms:

Please fill them out, and mail them to address provided on each item.

 SPONSORS and SUPPORTERS 

 The Tobacco Pouch, Branson / Pole 28 & Pole 34

 Alan and Joanne Smith, Branson

 The SIX Show, Branson / Pole 4

Mr and Mrs Robert Roberson
Marble Falls, AR 

 Summerwinds Resorts, Branson / Pole 20 & 21

 USS Grand Canyon Sailors Org

 Ben Eddings Auto Group, Harrison AR / Pole 19

 Dale Kimball
Brookeville, FL

  Tri-Lakes Motors, Branson / Pole 2

 Mr and Mrs James Stetson 
Lampe, MO / Pole 4 & Pole 16

The Flag Store, Branson / Pole 28

 Branson Veterans History Project / Pole 16 & Pole 17

Shepherd of the Hills Garden Club, Branson / Pole 29 & Pole 30

Tom and Cathy Campbell, Pole 25 & Pole 34

List of Those Who’s Names Were Flown on the Avenue of Freedom, October-December

Loran Haney M/SGT, USAF Veteran, Korea/Vietnam
Jim Hayes CPL, MARINES

Veteran, Korea/Vietnam

Jacob W. Kingsbury SSGT, US ARMY WWII
Richard K. Everette CPL, US ARMY Korea
Kenneth Horn US NAVY WWII

Robert N. Finken

CPL, US ARMY Korea
 

The Branson Veterans Task Force is a 501 (c)(3) organization with a mission of recognizing veterans, fostering
patriotism and educating the community on the accomplishments and the history of our veterans.
Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the IRS rules and regulations.
 

 

MAILING ADDRESS:
Branson Veterans Task Force
P.O. Box 128
Branson, Mo 65616
Phone: 417-337-8387