A FREE Branson attraction!
What is it?
The Avenue of Freedom is a display of nearly 100 American Flags along a 2-mile stretch of Gretna Road (from Highway 248 West to the bridge at Roark Valley Road). There are 2 weather-resistant flags flying from each light pole in the center of the road.
Why is it there?
The Avenue of Freedom was designed by the Branson Board of Aldermen and members of the Branson Veterans Task Force on November 14, 2001. It was established to honor U.S. veterans who gave their lives for freedom. It was also recognized as a memorial to those who died in the multiple terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
How is it maintained?
The Branson Veterans Task Force maintains the flags, generally from April through December, with donations from individuals and businesses. The flags are taken down during the winter because of the possibility of severe weather conditions. Each flag is flown for 90 days. Upon retirement the flag is shipped with a certificate and the recipient's name is placed on the Avenue of Freedom Wall of Honor page on the Branson Veterans Task Force website. To view, click here.
Are the flags made in the USA?
Yes! Each 3' x 5' flag is made in the USA out of sturdy nylon to withstand the weather
How can you honor a hero with a flag on the Avenue of Freedom?
Yes! You can honor a Military Member, Veteran, Police Officer, Firefighter or First Responder by flying a flag on the avenue with a $50 (or more) donation. The flag will fly on the Avenue of Freedom for 90 days. Call 417-337-8387 or visit www.BransonVeterans.com to sponsor a flag. Individuals and/or companies are welcome to participate.
Can you donate without having a flag flown?
Absolutely! The Branson Veterans Task Force always needs assistance with the flags, flagpoles and the labor involved in maintaining the display. Here are the locations to drop off donations for the Avenue of Freedom:
- The Flag Store, 114 S. Commercial St.
- The Veterans Memorial Museum, 1250 W Hwy 76
- Golden Corral, 3551 Shepherd Hills Expressway
- Mail a donation to the Branson Veterans Task Force - call 417-337-8387 for mailing address for type of sponsorship (corporate or individual)
Whether you donate or not, be sure to drive along Gretna Road to see the beautiful flag display. It's even better on a sunny day with a light breeze. Have your camera ready.
...just another way Branson honors Military Members, Veterans, Police Officers, Firefighters and First Responders. It's just what we do.