Lake area to honor military families on Troop Appreciation Day by Jared Metcalf/
OSAGE BEACH, Mo. — During a month of gift-giving and spreading good cheer, local citizens and businesses are joining to host the Lake’s 10th Annual Troop Appreciation Day.

The event is scheduled for Saturday Dec. 14, 2013 at Tan-Tar-A Resort.
Bud Simmons, event organizer and owner of Pier 31 Marina in Camdenton, says Troop Appreciation Day “is my way of showing appreciation for the way the military has been so special to me and my family… I appreciate everything they have done for this country. It is a great way for anybody who wants to walk the walk and not just talk the talk when it comes to appreciating our troops.”

The aim of the event is to honor, support, show appreciation, and make things brighter for Americans who have pledged their lives to protect their families, country, and freedom. Troops that are serving or have served in the last year, along with their spouse and children are welcome to attend. For families with a parent currently deployed, the spouse and children are welcomed.

Individuals and businesses in the Lake community have contributed financially to make Troop Appreciation Day a reality: donations have paid for 200 meals for troops, in addition to the boat rides and gifts for the children. “It is really coming together,” Simmons noted.
Space at the event is filling up, but Simmons said 170 troops and family members have registered, and there is still room for 30 more.

Troop Appreciation Day has a history of showing special honor to troops and their families. Last year, Simmons remembered, “We gave all the kids flags and sang patriotic songs and everybody was just having the best time!”

The day will kick off at 1:45 p.m. with a two-hour boat ride on the Celebration Cruise ship. After the boat ride, Andy’s Frozen Custard will serve treats at 4 p.m.
Then families will be off to Tan-Tar-A Resort for the evening’s festivities. Doors will open and registration starts at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30.
At 7:00 p.m., guest speakers will take the stage. Among them: Ret. General John Seward, who was once in command of the South Pacific, and Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer.
Simmons speaks excitedly of the evening’s next event. “We give gifts to the children of the troops, and they get to come and eat and talk,” he said. “We are going to have seven clowns! Seven! Music and even Santa Claus will be there.”
The night will draw to a close around 9 p.m. and troops and their families will be able to retreat to a night of comfort, away from home, with discounted rates at Tan-Tar-A. A limited amount of rooms will be given away for free.
For additional info, to reserve rooms, meals, or make a donation to the troops, visit
or email:
Or call:
Bud at Mariners Pier 31 (573) 692-0502
Jane at Scott’s Concrete (573) 346-2450

Enjoy the festivities & THANK YOU for your service!
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