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Posted on: November 23, 2019

Springfield to welcome soldiers ‘Home for the Holidays’ Dec. 23


At the annual Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony in downtown Springfield Saturday, Nov. 23, Mayor Ken McClure asked Springfield citizens to join him Monday, Dec. 23 in welcoming to Springfield hundreds of soldiers currently stationed at Fort Leonard Wood.

The City of Springfield has partnered with Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium, Corwin Automotive of Springfield, Andy B’s, United Way of the Ozarks, Community Foundation of the Ozarks and other partners for the “Home for the Holidays” event for soldiers unable to go home for the holidays.

Fort Leonard Wood typically stands down for two weeks over the holidays, but each year there are several hundred soldiers who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to go home.

The event will include a mayoral proclamation and Welcome Home Rally for the community to welcome the soldiers to Springfield (stay tuned for the location and time), entertainment at various Springfield venues, a “taste of Springfield” buffet dinner and conclude with a musical performance. 

Donations to help cover event expenses are welcomed. Show your support by donating today at Visit for the full schedule as the event draws near, and join the Facebook event to stay up to date on the details.

United Way of the Ozarks is collecting donations through, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ crowdsourcing platform, to help give these service members an unforgettable holiday. Donations are tax deductible.


For more information, or to join in the fun, contact event director Cora Scott at the City of Springfield: 417-380-3352 or [email protected].

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