Avenue of Freedom

Old Glory Get steel support on Avenue of Freedom

The Avenue of Freedom on Gretna Road kept getting vandalized by heavy rains and winds that battered supporting poles where Old Glory has been flying for 16 years. Branson Veterans Task Force (BVTF) got busy to find a solution to the problem after receiving calls about the fallen flags.
Those reports about faulty poles have become a thing of the past since Vietnam veteran Steve Weyher, chairman of the Avenue of Freedom Committee, thought of reinforcing the supporting poles with steel. 
“So, after years of replacing poles due to the storms I knew I needed to strengthen the poles somehow,” he said. “The cost of replacing flags and poles was getting out of hand. I decided to go to Branson Steel with the idea of putting a steel rod into the shaft of the existing pole.”
Jessie McKnight of Branson Steel took the existing poles apart to see what could be done. He discovered a hollow insert inside the weak poles. The insert could be taken out and replaced with a half inch thick steel rod. McKnight made 100 steel rods, each 6 feet long, to insert in the existing poles.
“I sure want to thank the Branson Steel staff for their support on this project and other projects they have helped us with in the past,” Weyher said. “The Task Force and many volunteers have been making sure the flags fly without incident and all placards remain in place, as well as two weather-resistant flags flying from each light pole in the center of Gretna,”
Donations from individuals, organizations and businesses are responsible for the flags along the 1.5 mile of personalized memorials. Each flag along the Avenue has a placard bearing the name of a veteran, first responder or present day warrior.
As each flag is ‘retired’ it is shipped to a recipient the donor specifies - complete with a personalized certificate.  
Weyher and retired project Chairman Tom Goldsworthy, receive letters and calls from people that come to Branson to look for “their” flags. 
“The person who orders the flag is not always the person that gets the flag,” Goldsworthy said. “Some dedicate them for relatives that served and some to honor friends that served.”

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.

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


 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

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


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.


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