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A veteran, who enlisted at the ripe old age of 13 a few years ago, attends the opening ceremony of Branson Veterans Week on November 5, 2009. Many of the entertainers performing in Branson took the stage for 2.5 hours where all enjoyed their talent.  (The Oak Ridge Boys started the ceremony with a touching performance of the National Anthem.)Branson, MO - David Bancroft, founder of USA Patriotism! with fellow patriot and novelist, Deborah Tainsh at the opening ceremony of Branson Veterans Week on November 5, 2009. Deb Tainsh holds her book, Heart of Hawk, which one a silver medal in the inspirational book category in the Branson Veteran's annual military related books contest.Branson, MO (November 5, 2009) - David Bancroft (founder of USA Patriotism!) with the great country music group, Oak Ridge Boys (Richard Sterban, Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, and William Lee Golden), before their main performance on the first day of Branson Veterans Week. The Oak Ridge Boys also performed earlier in the day during the opening ceremony.Branson, MO (November 6, 2009) - David Bancroft (founder of USA Patriotism!) with World War II and Vietnam War veterans and soldier.  The two on each side of David Bancroft represented the Secretary of the Army in a ceremony that recognized students from the College of the Ozarks for helping the WWII vets on the Normandy D-Day trip.Branson, MO (November 6, 2009) - David Bancroft (founder of USA Patriotism!) with World War II veteran, Homer Goodman, and the student who helped him while on a Normandy D-Day trip this summer.  The student along with other fellow students from the College of the Ozarks were recognized by the Secretary of the Army for their noble deeds with the WWII veterans.
Branson, MO (November 6, 2009) - David Bancroft (founder of USA Patriotism!) with World War II and Vietnam War veterans ... David Swalby, Bob Ekman, Lewis Ahrens, Clifton Gordon (93), Benny Mulkey, Larry Haste, and Ernest Grimes.Branson, MO (November 5, 2009) - David Bancroft (founder of USA Patriotism!) and his wife Mary visit with Lynn Berry, Director of Public Relations, with the Branson Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau about attending activities during veteran week.November 7, 2009 - David Bancroft (founder of USA Patriotism!) with Vietnam War Veteran Warren Haber, who was an Army Medic.  Haber is one of two individuals responsible Ret. General Tommy Frank's mobile museum on display Branson, MO.David Bancroft (founder of USA Patriotism!) with wounded warrior Marine Sgt. Jason Arellano, who was involved with the Military Order of the Purple Heart ceremony honoring fallen troops of Missouri.David Bancroft (founder of USA Patriotism!) with101st Airborne veterans Ralph Manley (World War II - ) and John "Pops" Hedrick (Vietnam War).  Both veterans participated in the Military Order of the Purple Heart honoring fallen troops of Missouri on November 8, 2009.
David Bancroft (founder of USA Patriotism!) signs his poem, Tears For Your Fallen, for the father of fallen Marine Alex Page, who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq (2003).David Bancroft (founder of USA Patriotism!) with two wounded warrior Vietnam Veterans, Tom Center and Bill Haverly, Sr., and World War II veteran, George G. Reed at the Branson's Veterans Village on November 9, 2009 ... Tom and Bill represent the Military Order of the Purple Heart. George was a B-24 bomber pilot who successfully completed 35 missions.David Bancroft (founder of USA Patriotism!) with Branson Veterans Task Force member volunteers... Dawn Easton, owner of God and Country Theater, Barbara Riggle, Air Force Ret. MSgt (Indiana Air National Guard), and Carole McAlister, Air Force veteran at the Veteran's Village on November 9, 2009.A World War II woman veteran is assisted as she prepares to honor all the fallen women of the armed services by casting rose petals in a rock fountain in front of the Keeter Center at the College of the Ozarks on November 9, 2009.David Bancroft (founder of USA Patriotism!) shakes the hand of Lt. Col. Oliver North after giving the decorated Marine veteran, former Presidential advisor, and Fox media personality a framed, signed printing of his poem, The U.S. Marines at the Marine Corps 234th Birthday Ball in Branson, MO. Oliver North was embedded with David Bancroft youngest son's Marines unit during the early stages of Iraq War in 2003 . . . where a photo was taken of them shaking hands.
David Bancroft (founder of USA Patriotism!) with Ret. Marine Sgt. Jamin Martin at the Marine Corps 234th Birthday Ball in Branson, MO. Sgt. Martin's proud, honorable service included White House duty for Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.Vietnam War veterans proudly march with Old Glory along with the POW flag and their service flag during the Veterans Day parade in Branson, MO on November 11, 2001. The parade punctuated a week long tribute to veterans in Branson with many events including for the greatest generation of World War II.Women veterans proudly march with the American flag along with several of the services' flags during the Veterans Day parade in Branson, MO on November 11, 2001. The parade punctuated a week long tribute to veterans in Branson with many events including for the greatest generation of World War II.A Vietnam Veteran drives his vintage military jeep with his wife and kids (in tow) during the Veterans Day parade in Branson, MO on November 11, 2001. The parade punctuated a week long tribute to veterans in Branson with many events including for the greatest generation of World War II.Women Veterans wave to the crowd during the Veterans Day parade in Branson, MO on November 11, 2001.
Vietnam Veterans show their pride as they participate in the Veterans Day parade in Branson, MO on November 11, 2001.Country music artists Barbara Fairchild and her husband, Roy Morris, sing a patriotic song during the Branson Veterans Week opening ceremony on November 5, 2009. These two patriotic performers participated in many other veterans week events through November 11, 2009 including providing the use of their Starlite Theatre, where the Ranking Brothers also perform.World's largest war memorial bronze sculpture at Veterans Memorial Museum in Branson, Missouri.College of the Ozarks' students pose with many of the World War II vets they assisted in their memorable 2009 Normandy D-Day trip. (Sgt. Majors Michael Dudley and Joanne Snyder who recognized the students on behalf of the Secretary of the U.S. Army are on respective ends of the photo.)Branson, MO (November 6, 2009) - David Bancroft (founder of USA Patriotism!) visits with Pat McGrath Avery of the Military Writers Society after the World War II veterans mini reunion at the College of the Ozarks where student were recognized by the Secretary of the Army for their noble deeds with the WWII veterans during a Normandy D-Day trip in the summer.
This inspiring "Patriotic Goal" banner hangs in The Keeter Center at the College of the Ozark's and states one of the college's five primary missions, which is similar to the overall mission of USA Patriotism!Patriot, entertainer Tony Orlando expresses his love and support of the troops and veterans at an event during Veterans Week in Branson, MO on November 7, 2009.Veterans and loved ones visit the Veterans Village where service providers and nonprofit organization representatives along with vendors offering military and patriotic related products are located throughout Veterans Week (11/5-11/09).November 9, 2009 - High school female Marine ROTC color guard stand at attention shortly before presenting the colors during the Rose Petals ceremony at the  College of the Ozark that honored all the fallen women of the armed services.November 9, 2009 - David Bancroft (founder of USA Patriotism!) with Rose Petal keynote speaker, Dr. Elizabeth Sharp who is a U.S. Army veteran and an intricate part of Dr. Clarice Fluitt's ministry. Her speech honored all the women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to America while serving in the military.
November 11, 2009 - David Bancroft (founder of USA Patriotism!) with the Hughes Brothers who performed several patriotic songs during the Branson Veterans Week closing ceremony at the Starlite Theatre.November 11, 2009 - David Bancroft (founder of USA Patriotism!) with the Rankin Brothers (Matt and Mark) who performed several patriotic songs at the Branson Veterans Week closing ceremony at the Starlite Theatre.November 11, 2009 - David Bancroft (founder of USA Patriotism!) with some of the entertainers (including Moe Bandy, Dusty Rogers and Dalena Ditto) and Branson Mayor Raeanne Presley at the Branson Veterans Week closing ceremony at the Starlite Theatre.November 11, 2009 - David Bancroft (founder of USA Patriotism!) with Branson Mayor Raeanne Presley at the Branson Veterans Week closing ceremony at the Starlite Theatre.November 11, 2009 - David Bancroft (founder of USA Patriotism!) with Dalena Ditto, the host of the Branson Veterans Week closing ceremony at the Starlite Theatre. Dalena, who is a wonderful, country music artist, also hosted the opening ceremony.
November 12, 2009 - David Bancroft (founder of USA Patriotism!) with singers David Giffin, Kenya Wilhite, and Jason Froeschle of the talented Country Tonite show at The Oak Ridge Boys Theatre in Branson, MO.  They and other members of the very entertaining cast of Country Tonite performed for the troops in Iraq on a recent USO tour.David Bancroft (founder of USA Patriotism!) with Grammy winner, Debbie Boone, after her performace at The Oak Ridge Boys Theatre in Branson, MO on November 12, 2009. David Bancroft also asked Debbie Boone to thank her father, Pat Boone, for his patriotism and support of the troops.David Bancroft (founder of USA Patriotism!) is introduced to the audience by Dalena Ditto during her very entertaining country variety show at The Oak Ridge Boys Theatre in Branson, MO on November 12, 2009. David Bancroft briefly talked about how USA Patriotism! came about and it becoming a fulltime effort ... that is now his mission in life.The renowned Platters perform during the Branson Veterans Week closing ceremony at the Starlite Theatre on November 11, 2011.November 7, 2009 - During Veterans Week in Branson, MO ... the official start of the city's Christmas season is celebrated with a parade, where many veterans and loved ones attend including the veteran who little Santa (son of country singer Clay Cooper) is approaching to give him some well-deserved candy. The parade involved many of the artists who perform in Branson including Mr. Christmas, Andy Williams. And while Christmas is the theme for most of the shows . . . each show / performer honors the veterans (and troops) in their own respective way.
The Oak Ridge Boys (Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban) lead veterans, troops, loved ones, and fellow patriots in the singing of the National Anthem to start Branson Veterans Week in the Mansion Theatre on November 5, 2009.During Veterans Week in Branson, MO ... the official start of the city's Christmas season is celebrated with a parade, where many veterans and loved ones attend, who are treated to Christmas songs performed by many of the entertainers in Branson... including Mr. Christmas, Andy Williams (pictured here). And while Christmas is the theme for the live shows, each show / performer honors the veterans (and troops) in their own respective way. Veterans and all who visit Branson during this week are treated with 100% patriotism and a wonderful touch of Christmas ... a great American experience!David Bancroft (founder of USA Patriotism!) meets with Jim Stafford during Veterans Week in Branson, MO on November 6, 2009. It is Jim Stafford's 20th anniversary year performing in Branson.  

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