Veterans Memorial Museum raises WWI P-51 Mustang Fighter Plane

Branson, MO – A full-size WWII P-51 Mustang Fighter Plane was set on it’s 30′ high pedestal in front of the Veterans Memorial Museum in Branson, Missouri on Monday, October, 16, 2000.

The raising of the plane occurred amidst the national sorrow following the terrorist bombing of the USS Cole.

As the crowd gathered to watch many reflected on their personal experiences defending our country and on the continuing defense of freedom by our military.

Veteran Harry McBratney said, “In America our sons and daughters are called upon time after time to defend our freedoms. They have always answered that call and they continue to respond. It’s a privilege to be called a Veteran of the United States of America.”

Large American flags surround the museum, along with the full-size WWII P-51 Mustang Fighter Plane in front of the building, marking the location of this national tribute on West Highway 76.

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