The purpose of The Missouri Gold Star Families Memorial is to honor Gold Star Families (those who have lost immediate family members killed in their service to the country), to preserve the memory of the fallen, and stand as a stark reminder that freedom is not free.
“We view this as our duty to honor all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice,” said Bryan Cizek, director of patriotic activities. “Building this memorial is the College’s way of honoring families who sacrificed everything in the name of freedom.” The memorial on the College of the Ozarks campus is presented in cooperation with The Hershel Woody Williams Congressional Medal of Honor Education Foundation, Inc. This will be the first Gold Star Families Memorial in the state of Missouri.
The memorial is built by College of the Ozarks students and staff and made possible by a gift from Johnny Morris, founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shops, and the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge golf tournament. The College is one of the charitable beneficiaries of this tournament, which is a part of the PGA TOUR Champions Tour.