Welk-Sullivan Productions/Welk Resort Theatre
1984 State Highway 165
Branson, MO 65616
(Branson, MO) — Tony Orlando is bringing his "Yellow Ribbon Salute to Veterans" to the Welk Resort Theatre this year and will follow it up with two special performances of the "Tony Orlando Show" on Monday, November 12 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Admission to the Tony Orlando Yellow Ribbon Salute to Veterans on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. is complimentary but limited to veterans and special guests. There is a limit of two tickets per veteran with proof of service (military ID or DD Form 214 accompanied by a current photo ID.) Tickets reserved in advance must be picked at the Welk Resort Theatre Box Office no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9. Any tickets that are not picked up by that deadline will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to veterans (with proof of service) beginning Saturday, Nov. 10 at 8:30 a.m. at the Welk Resort Theatre Box Office.
A highlight of the salute is Orlando's presentation of the Yellow Ribbon Medal of Freedom. Past recipients have included former President Gerald Ford, entertainer Bob Hope, Ross Perot, the Eisenhower family, former Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony Principi, former Branson Mayor Lou Schaefer and former POW Major Stephen Long. This year's salute will also include the Branson Veterans Task Force Closing Ceremony for Veterans Homecoming Week 2007.
"The Welk Resort has a proud tradition of saluting Veterans and supporting Branson Veterans Homecoming Week with the annual Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall," said Joe Sullivan, executive producer of Welk-Sullivan Productions and the Welk Resort Theatre. "Tony's Yellow Ribbon Salute has always been considered the anchor for Branson's veterans week celebrations. Helping Tony Orlando continue the tradition of his "˜Yellow Ribbon Salute To Veterans' is one special way we, as an organization and member of the Branson community, can honor our Veterans and active-duty military," said Sullivan.
The Tony Orlando Show on Monday, Nov. 12 will showcase the much-beloved and admired entertainer for fans who have eagerly awaited Orlando's return to the Branson entertainment scene. The versatile entertainer brings to the stage special warmth and energy that electrifies audiences. The show will feature his string of chart-topping songs including "Candida," "Knock Three Times," "Sweet Gypsy Rose," "He Don't Love You (Like I Love You)," and the song that became an American anthem of hope and homecoming, reunion and renewal — "Tie A Yellow Ribbon Around The Old Oak Tree."
Tickets for the "Tony Orlando Show" on Monday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. are available at the Welk Resort Theatre Box Office, by calling 417-337-7469, on-line at www.sullivanshows.com and through select Branson area ticket outlets.
The Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is open daily for viewing from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. through Sunday, Nov. 11. The Welk Resort's annual gift to veterans, visitors and the community has become a popular part of the week-long, community-wide Branson Veterans Homecoming since the mid-1990s. The scale-replica of the permanent monument in Washington D.C. is inscribed with the names of over 58,000 soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The special display honors those who served in the Vietnam War in a unique, solemn and personal way.
During the seven-day display period, community volunteers are reading aloud continuously the names inscribed on the Memorial. The exhibit is located on the lawn (north side) of the Welk Resort complex. Visitors may access the "Traveling Wall" exhibit by going through either the Welk Theatre lobby or the Welk Hotel lobby. The week-long display is free and open to the public. Additional events during Veterans Homecoming at the Welk Resort Theatre include:
- Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers and The Lennon Sisters — Celebrating Christmas, Monday thru Friday (except Monday, Nov. 12 due to Tony Orlando Show performances).
- The Lowe Family Morning Show — Monday thru Friday.
- Mel Tillis & Connie Smith — Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday.
- Tony Orlando's Yellow Ribbon Salute to Veterans — Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2:00 p.m. — free to veterans and one guest.
- Tony Orlando Show — special concerts on Monday, Nov. 12 at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
The Welk Resort is located three miles south of Highway 76 on State Highway 165 in Branson. For more information and tickets, call the Welk Resort Theatre at 417-337-7469.
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