South Missouri Chapter of VHPA

South Missouri Chapter of VHPA

Army Aviator

Coast Guard Aviator

Marine Aviator



The next meeting of the South Missouri Chapter, VHPA will be on Veterans Day; Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the Keeter Center, College of the Ozarks.  See the schedule below. You can elect to walk in the Branson Veterans Day Parade (an activity of the Branson Chamber of Commerce), or, begin your involvement at about 12:30pm with the wreath-laying ceremony at the Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial which is across the street from the Keeter Center. After we lay the wreath, we will walk to the Keeter Center for our lunch and program.   

 You must RSVP/register for the lunch by November  4.  Do so by emailing our Treasurer, John Sorensen at:  The meal cost is $35.00 per person.  The meal will be a beef plate.   With your registration, let John know if you have any dietary restrictions and if you and/or your spouse needs a SOMOVHPA nametag.  Also, let John know if you plan to walk in the parade (so we can have sufficient transportation available). 

Our luncheon speaker will be Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson (an Army veteran).

Members of the Ozark Empire Chapter, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) are going to join our Chapter for the parade, wreath-laying and luncheon.

 The Schedule:
10:00am                        Meet at the Keeter Center parking lot on the campus of the College of the Ozarks.  ( Keeter Center:  1 Opportunity Avenue; Point Lookout, MO. )  Board transportation provided by the College to the start point of the Branson Veterans Day Parade in downtown Branson.  Our Chapter has a spot at/near the front of the parade.

11:00am                         Parade start time. On completing the parade, reboard transportation back to Keeter Center.  Walk across the street to the Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

About 12:30pm           Lay a wreath at the Memorial to remember the 1410 from Missouri who were KIA in Vietnam.

About 1:15pm              Luncheon in the Keeter Center. Missing Man Ceremony.   Speaker:  Lt. Governor Mike Parson.

 Conclude about 2:30pm.

We all look forward to another great Chapter meeting, made special by being on Veterans Day,  hearing from Lt. Governor and veteran, Mike Parson, and by being on the campus of the College of the Ozarks which does so much for we veterans.

 If you have a question, have a comment or suggestion, please feel free to contact me.   I look forward to seeing you at the Keeter Center.

Future Meetings:

A Saturday in March:  Joint meeting with Gateway Chapter, Army Aviation Heritage Foudation of their hangar at Creve Coeur Airport, St. Louis.

A Saturday in June (likely):  Tour on Fort Leonard Wood.

Chapters are totally separate, independent entities and are not authorized to act as an agent, or representative, of the VHPA or any or the other chapters.

3rd Quarterly Meeting  VHPASMO of 2017

Air America

Naval Aviator


Air Force Aviator

Members and guests of the South Missouri Chapter, VHPA, gathered at 3rd Quarter meeting held September 23, 2017, Columbia, Mo.  Guest speaker, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, Don "Doc" Ballard front row center in dark blue shirt.