Task Force Honors WWII Veterans
WWII Veterans will be honored by Branson
Veterans Task Force (BVTF) in the Veterans
Village Dayroom at the Ballparks of America
Complex, 1000 Pat Nash Drive, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
on Tuesday Nov. 6.
Throughout the day, WWII veterans are
interviewed, share personal stories, get
escorted to a free lunch and have a group photo
taken at 1:30 p.m.
More than a dozen WWII vets attended the first
dayroom celebration in 2016. There were 22
honored during the 2017 Dayroom recognition.
“This will be Veterans Village’s third year to
have a day that focuses on WWII Veterans,” said
BVTF Chairperson Brenda Meadows. “They deserve
our respect and gratitude.”
Some of the veterans come in wheelchairs or with
walkers. But, it doesn’t dampen their spirits,
keep them from sharing their stories or joining
the live music sing-alongs. They also bring
their spouses, friends and family members. And
some return alone.
“This past year a lady showed me the photo I
took of her husband in 2016,” Meadows said. “She
had on a vest and asked me to read the back of
it. There was that picture of him, with a
appliqué that read, ‘Widow of a WWII Vet.’ It
touched my heart that she returned to our event
alone. She said she feels at home there.”
The Dayroom will host its second year to honor
Korean War Veterans on Nov. 8.
Veterans Village hosts a Dayroom, Vendor Village
and Mess Hall Nov. 5-10. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with
the exception of Saturday when hours are 9 a.m.
to 3 p.m. Call 417-337-8387 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.