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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

December 12, 2017

College of the Ozarks to lay wreaths in Arlington National Cemetery, Missouri State Veterans Cemetery, Dec. 16

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks leaders have decided once again to help ensure the gravesites of the nation’s military do not go without wreaths.

The College purchased 500 wreaths to be laid at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, Missouri, on Saturday, Dec. 16. Students, staff, and faculty of C of O and School of the Ozarks will travel to Springfield and Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., to help lay the wreaths and say the names of soldiers represented by the gravesites.

“Arlington National Cemetery historically has had great support,” said Bryan Cizek, director of patriotic activities for C of O. “However, cemeteries like the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery have struggled to get every gravesite covered. This is a way not only to honor and remember those who have fallen, but to honor those Gold Star Families as well. I can’t image what it means to those families to see a wreath on their loved ones’ graves at Christmas.”

The funding for the purchase of the wreaths was provided by Pitch in for Patriots, a patriotic club at School of the Ozarks. Funding for travel to Springfield and Washington, D.C., was provided by Johnny Morris and the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar golf tournament, part of the PGA TOUR Champion’s Tour.

“We do not want to see this tradition of wreaths on the graves of our fallen soldiers in Arlington National Cemetery abandoned or shortchanged,” said College of the Ozarks President Jerry C. Davis. “This is a way for us to help students better understand the sacrifices made by our nation’s military, our Veterans, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and have died in the line of duty. We hope other schools, businesses, and organizations will follow suit. It is incumbent on ALL Americans to find ways to honor those who have served. We challenge you to do your part this Christmas season.”

This effort reflects the patriotic goal of College of the Ozarks, “to encourage an understanding of American heritage, civic responsibilities, love of country, and willingness to defend it.”

Students going to Arlington also will take a tour of the White House and will receive a VIP tour of the new Museum of the Bible.

C of O partners with Wreaths Across America for this project. December 16 is National Wreaths Across America Day, and the Wreaths Across America organization works to ensure the memories and sacrifices of fallen soldiers are honored by placing the wreaths in Arlington and nearly 1,200 U.S. Veterans cemeteries across the U.S.

The tradition of wreaths was started by an individual wreath-maker 25 years ago, who for 22 years took 5,000 wreaths to Arlington. In 2005, the project grew because of an aerial photo that was taken of the spectacular site and was posted on the Internet.

For more about Wreaths Across America, visit

For additional information, contact Public Relations Director Valorie Coleman at (417) 690-2212.

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 Best Value Regional College in the Midwest and No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2018. 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 2017. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


12.12.17 – Valorie Coleman


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