POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks will dedicate The Korean War Memorial on campus Wednesday, April 18, at 2:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend the ceremony. Parking will be available at The Keeter Center, Good Center, and behind the Point Lookout Firehouse. Shuttles will be available. Campus gates will close at 2:15 p.m. and remain closed until the end of the ceremony.
The purpose of The Korean War Memorial is not only to honor the 944 Missourians who paid the ultimate sacrifice but to honor all 36,574 Americans who gave their lives, to pay homage to all Korean War Veterans who served their country, and to ensure that students learn about the sacrifice of so many who served in this historic conflict.
The event program will include remarks by Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson; General Terrence R. Dake, a 1964 graduate of The School of the Ozarks and a four-star general with the United States Marine Corps.; and Dr. Jerry C. Davis, College of the Ozarks president.
Parson, a U.S. Army Veteran, has served the state of Missouri since 1993. He served the people of the 28th Senatorial District in the Missouri Senate from 2011-2017. During his first two years in the Senate, Parson served as Majority Whip. Parson also served in the Missouri House of Representatives from 2005-2011 and as Sheriff of Polk County from 1993-2005.
Dake, four-star general and former assistant commandant of the United States Marine Corps, currently serves as the chairman for the College of the Ozarks Board of Trustees. He addressed the crowd at The Korean War Memorial groundbreaking in November 2017.
“We hear the Korean War referred to as The Forgotten War,” Dake said. “Somehow it was wedged between the immensity of World War II and the notoriety of the Vietnam War, which nearly tore our nation asunder. They call it The Forgotten War, and yet more than 35,000 military gave their lives. More than 100,000 were wounded, and a larger number served.”
“Anyone who says that The Korean War was not a war that should have been fought, or it wasn’t worth fighting, or it wasn’t important, needs to be a student of history and understand the importance of the Korean Peninsula and those events that are unfolding. Warriors don’t pick their wars. They don’t get a chance to say, I want to go to a popular war, or a righteous war, or a war that will change the course of history. They go where their nation sends them. They fight their best, and hopefully they come home.”
The program also will include the Presentation of Colors by the C of O Bobcat Company Army ROTC, and the national anthem, played by the College of the Ozarks Concert Band. School of the Ozarks students will participate in a tribute to the fallen.
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.
“It’s important that we never forget what these men and women sacrificed for our freedom,” said Jerry C. Davis, president. “The Korean War was a crucial time in our military history, and our servicemen and women deserve to be honored.”
About the memorial
Designed by James Hall of Nixa, Missouri, the stunning bronze monument, titled The Pain of Sacrifice, depicts a brave service member who just lost his brother in arms. This piece illustrates that war is a necessary evil; sacrifice comes with war; and war is painful, especially during loss.
About Patriots Park
Patriots Park at College of the Ozarks encompasses Veterans Grove and other memorials built by the College to honor those who have served and sacrificed for our country. Veterans Grove is comprised of more than 100 sugar maple trees that honor Veterans who have traveled with C of O students on trips to historic battle sites.
The Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial, located at the entrance of the College, exists to honor the fallen and properly thank Vietnam War Veterans for their sacrifice and bravery. The memorial bears the names of the 1,410 Missourians who served and died in the Vietnam War.
A new memorial was built in spring 2017, The Missouri Gold Star Families Memorial. The purpose of the 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.
Guests to campus are welcome to visit Patriots Park daily, from sunrise to 10 p.m.
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 2018. 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 www.facebook.com/collegeoftheozarks or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.
3.20.18 – Lauren Presley