Veterans Day is Every Day in the Show-Me State

Once a year, Americans take one day – formally, officially – to honor veterans: November 11. Restaurants offer free meals, attractions offer free and discounted admission. It’s a great day. But it’s one day. Except in Branson, where they show their love for veterans a lot more often.

The Truman Presidential Library and Museum displays the American flag and new banners commemorating the 125th birthday of the 33rd president of the United States. The weekend included a 125 foot birthday cake, a new photo exhibit chronicling Harry S. Truman’s life and a puppet show. (Amy Elrod 09May09)

Branson sets aside a whole week each November to honor veterans with special events, parades, shows and more. And as far as they’re concerned, that’s still not enough. Branson makes veterans feel special every single day of the year.

Top attractions, restaurants, hotels and stores offer great deals for veterans (and active military personnel) year-round, so be sure to call ahead and ask.

Many shows include a salute to veterans and most offer 10-20 percent discounts on tickets. Some of the popular shows with special pricing for veterans include the Baldknobbers, SIX, Dixie Stampede, the Acrobats of China and the Texas Tenors.

A variety of hotels also allow veterans to enjoy the same discount on lodging: from luxury accommodations like the Chateau on the Lake to family-friendly digs like Grand Country Resort and everything in between.

Silver Dollar City and White Water offer retired/active military and disabled veterans two-day tickets for the price of one or $5 off a one-day pass.

In addition to Branson, there are a variety of other Missouri attractions that love to welcome veterans.

The newly-opened Wonders of Wildlife in Springfield shows its appreciation year-round, with a 10 percent discount for active-duty military and veterans and their children (ages 4-11).

Veterans can enjoy their choice of accommodations at the Jellystone Park Resort by Six Flags in St. Louis and save 10 percent. The park is open April through October.

Enjoy a winter escape to Hidden Valley in Wildwood for a little snow skiing, snowboarding and tubing. Veterans and retired military receive a 50 percent discount; active duty military receive $5 off lift tickets and $5 off rental equipment. They’re open December through mid-March.

The Harry. S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence waives admission charges for all veterans from VE Day (May 8) through VJ Day (August 15) each year.

In the usual tradition, the National World War I Museum and Memorial and the Arabia Steamboat Museum (both in Kansas City) invite veterans to visit on Veterans Day free of charge.

Veterans are special people and deserve a special day. In the Show-Me State, that day is every day.

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