Pendleton’s Grateful Nation Vest

The fabric of our Nation is woven with the sacrifices of our veterans. In recognition of selfless sacrifice, this Grateful Nation Vest honors the brave men and women who have defended freedom throughout the history of the United States of America. Each authentically colored stripe represents a service ribbon awarded to veterans of historical conflicts in which our country has engaged:
• World War II Asiatic Pacific Campaign
• World War II Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
• Korean Service
• US Vietnam Service
• Southwest Asia Service (Gulf War)
• War on Terrorism
On the back , a representation of the stars and stripes of the American flag, interpreted as a service ribbon.  This unique vest is an inspiration for the young soldier, a tribute to the veteran and a symbol of American national pride. Pendleton proudly donates a portion of the sales of the Grateful Nation Blanket and Vest to the Fisher House™ Foundation, which provides residences near major military and VA medical centers.

It will be given away during Veteran’s Week.  What an AWESOME way to show your patriotic pride.

Vets For Vets

This is one thing you will not want to miss!!

On November 5th, as part of the citywide Veterans Day celebrations, the Starlite Theatre will host the USO-canteen-style show, produced by Brenda Meadows, an Army veteran who toured Vietnam in 1968 as an USO performer.  Vets for Vets is sponsored by Branson Veterans Task Force, and will feature many of Branson’s top performers, including Jeanna Kilbane, Army veteran Eddie Stovall and The Platters, Muse Watson, award-winning pianist Dino , special guest Eddie Beesley, who lost his legs in 1965 while serving in Chu Lai, Vietnam and many more. Vets for Vets producer Brenda Meadows remembers how important these shows were to men and women during active duty.

This opening show is free to veterans and immediate family members November 5th, 5-7:15pm at the 880-seat Starlite Theatre, located on Highway 76 near the Titanic. For more information call 866-991-1982


What an opportunity!

This post is taken,  in most part, from a post made by our friend Marlyce Stockinger who says it far better that we ever could.

Veterans in Defense of Liberty are presenting a wonderful program where all of us in the United States can say THANK YOU to our Vietnam Veterans.

The goal is to collect the most names ever listed on a greeting card in history, with the total to be certified by the Guinness Book of World Records

Names and signatures will be obtained on a small Thank You Card which will be stored in Vietnam era duffel bags and archived in perpetuity.  The card will be returned to Veterans in Defense of Liberty, and the names will be transferred to the official campaign Thank You Card, which will be large enough for the millions of signatures we seek.

Currently the campaign will invite signers to petition the US Congress for a full accounting of and total transparence of records for all American POW/MIA personnel.  “For they Deserve to walk on American soil or be buried within it.”

The signature collection drive was officially announced in Washington, DC on Memorial Day, May 28, 2012 during the Rolling Thunder Rally at the Vietnam Memorial with the official launch taking place at the Branson press conference and VIP reception October 17, 2012, and being reinforce throughout Branson’s Veterans Week.

The official presentation ceremony will occur on Memorial Day 2014, at the Vietnam Memorial Wall after the cards are escorted from Branson, MO by the Flame of Freedom and Missouri Rolling Thunder. The card will be resented by a civilian delegation (Connie Stevens, Honorary Chair) to a receiving delegation of Vietnam Veterans with our own Eddie Beesley as Veterans Chairman.

The many small greeting cards received during the campaign will be spread on the walk, (in the Duffel bags) at the Vietnam Memorial Wall, symbolically representing them to our fallen brothers.  The signature cards will then be permanently housed in the official archives.

This act of national gratitude has been delayed far too long.  Therefore, let us act with the energy and resources available, so that the greatest number of these heroes may live to see an enormous outpouring of respect, thanks and love directed to them from a grateful nation.

Chip has sponsored a “duffle bag” for the Day Room and there will be cards available for you to sign.



Cowboy Church

If you find yourself in town Sunday November 4th, we’d love to have you join us for Cowboy Church, at God and Country Theater on Highway 76. Church starts at 10:30 am.  You won’t be disappointed as  Norma Jean and her Cowboy Band sing the Gospel songs we love so much, and  Pastor Ron Boldman preaches “boldly” as he is led.

If you let us know you are coming, we will try to have a seat reserved for you.  We’d love to fill the theater with Day Room Veterans.

Veteran Discounts Protocol

Many theaters, businesses and restaurants in Branson offer discounts to Veterans.  Don’t be shy about asking if they offer a discount to Veterans, but please remember, any discount is a privileged gift, not a right.  You represent all Veterans to the cashier so your demeanor is important.  To make it easier for any cashier, you might consider showing both your driver’s license and a military service card or if you have it, a copy of your DD214, and just simply say “I would like the Military discount please”.  (One person suggested, if you have one of those smart phone, you might consider storing a picture of your DD214 on your phone.)

Never demand a discount, or insist that it is an entitlement. It is not. Common courtesy dictates a simple “Thank You” for those that give a gift of appreciation.

“Patch”-work Quilt

Jim Pitchford  had his vast collection of military patches assembled into a one of a kind work of art.  The “Patch-work Quilt”  is currently being displayed in the lobby of Grand Country. Although only one side of the quilt is visible in the display, both sides have patches.  “I still have a bunch more to do something with”, Jim says.  The oversized Patch-work Quilt is much too large and too heavy for their bed, and Jim has been looking for just the right place to share it with other veterans.  There will be many who will search and find the patch they wore during their military service.  We hope you will take time to go by and see this one of a kind quilt. Thank you, Jim and Silvia, for your generosity in sharing this treasure.



Roy C. Lee

Roy Lee touched the lives of so many of our Day Room visitors. He had a true love of God, Country and Family.  He is not gone, nor will he be forgotten.  He will live forever in our hearts.

Service at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Shreveport, LA

 August 3, 2012

SHREVEPORT, LA-Funeral services for Roy C. Lee, 84, will be held Friday, August 3, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Rose-Neath’s Southside Chapel. Brother Billy Franks will officiate. Interment with Military Honors presented by the U.S. Naval Honor Guards will follow in Forest Park West Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday, August 2, 2012 from 5-8 p.m. Roy was born on November 1, 1927 to Roy C. and Gladys Lee. He passed away on July 31, 2012 after a lengthy illness. He was a resident of Shreveport for most of his life. He joined the Navy at age 14 and served in WWII and Korea. For many years Roy owned and operated Shreveport Salvage Pool, SSP Auto Parts and Lee Mac Insulation along with several other businesses. Preceding Roy in death were his parents John and Gladys Lenz, his wife, Betty J. Lee and brother, Harold Hemingway. He is survived by his wife, Linda and daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Lee Roy Giddens, Peggy and Tom McCain, Sandra and Ray Ketchum and Michelle and Nate Atkinson. Ten grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren called him PawPaw and he was Uncle Heck to numerous nieces and nephews. He leaves behind many friends. Rose-Neath Funeral Home Southside Chapel (318) 687-1256Fax (318) 687-8343.

Work in Progress

Work is under way preparing the Day Room for Veterans who will come from all over the United States. Last year we had visiting vets from all but 11 of the states. There will be so much going on throughout the community. Many theaters offer free or discounted shows for the veterans.


The Branson Veterans Day Room is a 6,000 square foot hospitality room, open to the public. The Day Room is sponsored by Branson Veterans Task Force and is dedicated to honoring all our nations veterans, and provides an opportunity for the public to join in the celebration of the lives of these veterans of all ages.

During Veteran’s Homecoming Week, November 5 – 11, Veterans, families and friends gather to  meet up with old friends or make new ones.  They bring  their acoustical instruments to join in jam sessions; they sing, dance, put puzzles together, socialize, share stories, and enjoy the work of area students who display their patriotic art on the walls.

If you find yourself in Branson November 5-11 this year (2012), be sure to stop by and shake the hands of these Home Town Heroes.   Thank them for their service and their sacrifice.  The coffee is always on, and we might even find a cookie or two.

You will find us at:

Factory Merchants Branson, Building 5

1000 Pat Nash Drive, Branson, MO  65616

Hours are 0900 — 1800 (9 AM — 6 PM)

Reveille at 7:00 AM  — Retreat at 5:00 PM

Hosts are Chip and Sandy Milner — Proud supporters of

Honoring America’s Veterans Every Day