November 30, 2018
College of the Ozarks students to lay wreaths at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery tomorrow, Dec. 1
POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — On Saturday, Dec. 1, College of the Ozarks will help place wreaths over 4,300 on gravesites at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, Missouri at 11 a.m. Students, staff, and faculty of C of O and School of the Ozarks will travel to Springfield to help lay wreaths and say the names of soldiers represented by the gravesites.
“The College is honored to join with Wreaths for Fallen Heroes to help remember our Veterans at Christmas,” said Dr. Marci Linson, vice president for patriotic activities and dean of admissions. “This special outreach not only honors Veterans, but encourages Gold Star families who no doubt miss their loved ones even more during the Christmas season.”
“Cemeteries like the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery have struggled to get every gravesite covered,” said Bryan Cizek, director of patriotic activities for C of O. “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 imagine 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 will be provided by Pitch in for Patriots, a patriotic club at School of the Ozarks.
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.”
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.
11.30.18 – Abigail Wiley