Rose Petal Ceremony Welcomes Col. Michelle Hovland (RET)

The public is invited to the 16th annual Rose Petal Ceremony and Luncheon, noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Majestic Theater, 2849 Gretna Road in suite 200, home of the Murder Mystery Dinner Show.

The event, hosted by the Branson Veterans Task Force (BVTF), recognizes women’s contributions to the United States Armed Forces.
Guests for the luncheon are required to RSVP. The luncheon is free to women veterans and active duty female personnel. The public (male or female) is invited to attend the luncheon for a donation of $10.
The buffet luncheon is followed by entertainment and an address by this year’s special guest speaker Colonel (RET) Michele Hovland.
The Rose Petal Ceremony portion of the event begins after a short break, when attendees release rose petals into a fountain of water in memory, and in honor, of women who have served or are serving in the military.

The Branson High School all female Air Force Junior ROTC will provide the Rose Petal Ceremony Color Guard.
Col Hovland began her military career in August, 1982 . She was commissioned as a second lieutenant, Air Defense Artillery, Regular Army. She worked with the German and Dutch Air Forces with the Nike Hercules nuclear missile.

She transferred into Signal Corps where she was stationed with the 24th Infantry Division. She was deployed to Saudi Arabia for Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Later, she volunteered for assignment in South Korea where she served as company commander of the largest signal company in Korea.
After 10 years active duty, she pursued a career working with children. But, within two years she was back in uniform with the Army National Guard in California and Missouri. She served as 135th Signal Battalion Commander, Missouri Army National Guard’s first female Brigade Commander of the 70th Troop Command, the largest Brigade in Missouri with 3000 troops. She also served as the first female from the Missouri Army National Guard to attend resident US Army War College. She retired 31 Aug 2012.

Col Hovland now works with children with and her husband Chief Warrant Office 3 (RET) Darrell (OB) Hovland. They operate ‘Our Heroes Adventure Camp’ on their property in Jenkins, MO. The camp is for children of a wounded warrior or have lost a parent in combat. The camp also hosts the children of police, firefighters and first responders killed or wounded in the line of duty.

For information or reservations call the BVTF Women Veterans Committee at 417-337-8387, or email bvtf-mo@hotmail.com..

Women Vet Rose Petal: Col. Michelle Hovland (RET) 2019


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