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West Plains, Mo. — The 2015 West Plains Veterans Day Parade will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 11.
The parade will begin at 11 a.m. in People’s Park at the intersection of Porter Wagoner Blvd and Broadway, will continue south on Porter Wagoner to West Main, eastward through the Square, and terminating at the Civic Center.
Parade grand marshal is Bob Anders, 95, a veteran of World War II and the Korean War who retired from the Marines in 1964.
The 2015 parade is being coordinated by The Marine Corps League. For additional information, contact Kurt Wilbanks at 417 255-3584 or Bob Lang at 417 372-4420.
At noon, following the parade, a meal will be served at the West Plains Civic Center at no charge to all attending veterans and their families.
After the meal Missouri State University-West Plains University/Community programs will host the 17th annual Musical Salute to Veterans at 1:30 p.m. in the civic center arena.
The event will feature the West Plains High School band and live interviews with local veterans Jack McNevin, Bill Chritton and Roy Smith, conducted by Springfield journalist Ed Fillmer.
The event is free and open to all.
For information, contact U/CP at 417-255-7966 or visit the U/CP Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MissouriStateWPUCP.
In Willow Springs, Mo., a program will be held beginning 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Star Theater, 205 E. Main St.
Veterans of World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, the Gulf Wars and Bosnia will be introduced, and historian Lou Wehmer will show film clips of military action in Bosnia and Somalia between 1992 and 1998.
Keynote speaker will be Mayor Kim Wehmer, who served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army and deployed to Somalia in 1992 and Bosnia in 1995.
Musical entertainment will be provided by harmonica soloist Edwin Woolsey, accompanied by Sherry Lovan and Kirby Clark.
Most area schools will have Veterans Day assemblies, and at some schools a meal for veterans will be offered. In all cases, veterans are invited.
A number of restaurant chains nationwide will be offering free meals to veterans Wednesday. Among them are Applebee’s, IHOP, TGI Fridays, Olive Garden, Krispy Kreme, Golden Corral, Denny’s, Bob Evans, Hooters, Starbucks, Outback Steakhouse, and Friendly’s.
The All Hands on Deck Show — A musical message for all Americans! An authentic American road show and radio broadcast featuring the live Hollywood Victory Caravan orchestra, and 42 of the greatest American songs ever written. The show is free, features open seating (no seats assigned), and it’s open to the public. A $10 donation is encouraged and will benefit the Branson DAV #68. The show starts at 3:00 p.m. at the Branson Star Theatre, 3750 W. 76 Country Blvd., Branson, Mo.