Public invited to honor women during veterans’ homecoming

The Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce & CVB together with the Branson Veterans’ Task Force invites everyone to participate in welcoming all women veterans and active duty military women to Veterans Homecoming Nov. 5 -11, 2004 during a special day of camaraderie and fun on Nov. 8.

The purpose of the event is to honor women veterans and active duty military women, and to give them the opportunity to meet other women from around the country who share similar backgrounds and experiences, according to Mary Slivka, chair of the Women Veterans’ Welcoming Committee. The Nov. 8 event will include an 11a.m. luncheon at the Radisson Hotel with guest speaker Brigadier General LaRita Aragon, Air National Guard, who, as a school teacher and single mom, enlisted in the Air National Guard and worked her way up the ranks.

Following the luncheon, guest will have the opportunity to Ride the Ducks, visit Stone Hill Winery and tour the American Presidential Museum. Dinner will be held at the Lodge of the Ozarks at 4:45 p.m. with guest speaker from St. Louis Missouri Jill Thomas, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, also an Air Force veteran. Several local entertainers are expected to stop by the Lodge of the Ozarks to welcome the women to Branson.

Branson Veterans Task Force sponsors have donated gifts for the Nov. 8 event which will be given away at the luncheon and dinner. All of the day’s activities are open to anyone who would like to attend. The costs to participate are as follows:

Lunch only: $25.00 per person
Activities only: $20.00 per person
Dinner only: $35.00 per person
All day events: $70.00 per person

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