October 29, 2018
College of the Ozarks to break ground on The Global War on Terrorism Memorial Nov. 7College of the Ozarks will break ground for The Global War on Terrorism Memorial on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, at 1 p.m. at Patriots Park on the College campus. The bronze will be installed in a raised structure, with the landscape representing the terrain of Iraq and Afghanistan. The wall behind the bronze includes the seals of all military branches, and each seal is made of stained glass and handcrafted by College of the Ozarks students.
POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks will break ground for The Global War on Terrorism Memorial on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, at 1 p.m. at Patriots Park on the College campus. The public is invited to attend the brief ceremony.
“Patriotism is an integral part of the College’s mission,” said Dr. Jerry C. Davis, College of the Ozarks president. “We are pleased with the addition of The Global War on Terrorism Memorial to Patriots Park, honoring those patriots who served and made the ultimate sacrifice.”
The memorial is the final addition to Patriots Park, and the guest speaker for the groundbreaking is Lieutenant Colonel Katherine E. Clarke, international affairs officer for the state of Missouri.
“College of the Ozarks is honored to pay tribute to those who have defended, and continue to defend, people from all walks of life who are threatened by the evil ideology of terrorism,” said Dr. Marci Linson, vice president for patriotic activities and dean of admissions at College of the Ozarks.
The dedication of the memorial reflects the patriotic goal of the College: to encourage an understanding of American heritage, civic responsibilities, love of country, and willingness to defend it.
The bronze statue was designed by artist James Hall of Nixa, Missouri. It depicts the Battlefield Cross, a symbolic replacement of a cross to represent a fallen hero who has been killed in action. The service member’s rifle is stuck into the ground or into the boots, with helmet on top — in this case an aviator’s helmet. Also depicted in bronze is a wounded service dog, symbolizing all dogs’ vital contribution in today’s modern warfare.
The bronze will be installed in a raised structure, with landscape representing the terrain of Iraq and Afghanistan. The wall behind the bronze includes the seals of all military branches, and each seal is made of stained glass and handcrafted by College of the Ozarks students. The monument will be connected to The Korean War Memorial and The Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial by walkways, completing the master plan of Patriots Park.
“This isn’t just an honor; it is a responsibility,” Linson said. “Our patriotic goal is to help students develop their understanding of American heritage, love of country, and willingness to defend it. Honoring the servicemen and women of the Global War on Terrorism is a patriotic duty. It not only shows much-deserved appreciation to these heroes but also teaches our students about their valor and sacrifice.”
More about Lt. Col. Katherine E. Clarke
Clarke served with the 101st Airborne Division for three years and participated in the initial invasion of Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2005, Clarke transitioned into the Missouri National Guard, where she has held a variety of assignments throughout the state. Her awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Korea Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon and Air Assault Wings.
Clarke’s memoir, entitled “The Heart of a Soldier,” takes readers on the personal and moving journey of her life — not only as a service member but also a military wife. Mike and Kate Blaise fell in love during high school in small-town Macon, Missouri. Sharing a deep sense of patriotism, they both entered the U.S. Army — she as a commissioned officer and he as an enlisted infantry soldier who later became a helicopter pilot with the Air Cavalry. Forced to accept the realities of a military marriage, yet determined to stay with her husband, Kate passed up her dream assignment in the United States to be with Mike, who was deployed to Korea. But they never imagined a day like 9/11 or the military aftermath that sent them to Iraq, where Mike lost his life in combat.
About Patriots Park
Patriots Park, located at the entrance of the College of the Ozarks campus, is home to several memorials that highlight the valor of our country’s brave servicemen and women – The Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial, The Missouri Gold Star Families Memorial, the World War II Flag Plaza, and The Korean War Memorial. Patriots Park also includes Veterans Grove, which consists of nearly 150 sugar maple trees that honor Veterans who have traveled with the College as part of the Patriotic Education Travel Program.
Guests to campus are welcome to visit Patriots Park daily, from sunrise to 10 p.m.
About College of the Ozarks
College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2019 and No. 1 Best Bang for the Buck by Washington Monthly. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.
The Keeter Center — the College’s award winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2018. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest workstation on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at www.facebook.com/collegeoftheozarks or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.
10.29.18 – Valorie Coleman