October 30, 2018
College of the Ozarks to celebrate Veterans Week
POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks will honor Veterans with numerous events and ceremonies during the week of and prior to Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018.
Veterans Week activities
The Global War on Terrorism Memorial Groundbreaking — (Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, 1 p.m.) College of the Ozarks will break ground for The Global War on Terrorism Memorial at Patriots Park on the College campus. The public is invited to attend the brief ceremony. The dedication of The Global War on Terrorism 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 guest speaker for the groundbreaking is Lieutenant Colonel Katherine E. Clarke, international affairs officer for the state of Missouri. She 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. In addition to serving her country, Clarke was a military wife, and then a Gold Star Family Member, as she lost her husband in combat during his deployment to Iraq after 9/11. Mike Blaise served as an enlisted infantry soldier and later became a helicopter pilot with the Air Cavalry.
Veterans Day Service — (Monday, Nov. 12, 7 a.m.) A sunrise, flag-raising ceremony will take place at the heart of campus by Williams Memorial Chapel.
The Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial Reading — (Monday, Nov. 12, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) The names on The Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial, located at the entrance of the College of the Ozarks campus, will be read by C of O students, staff, and faculty. All are welcome to visit the memorial and pause for a moment of quiet reflection.
Patriotic Play “Flames of Freedom: The Perilous Journey of an Ozarks Aviator” — (Select dates in October & November) In honor of Veterans Week, multiple showings of this complimentary play will be performed in The Keeter Center’s Royal Oak Forum at College of the Ozarks.
Show dates for the play:
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 10, 3 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 11, 3 p.m.
The play is based off the book, “Miracle in the Ozarks,” written by President Jerry C. Davis. The main character in the story, Lt. Earl Woodard, was a graduate from the School of the Ozarks who became a navigator on a B-17 bomber for the Army Air Corps during World War II. Shot down in occupied France, Earl, otherwise known as “Woodie,” was transported undercover to Paris, turned over to the French Resistance, and introduced to the Queen of Pyrenees, a key player in the effort to smuggle airmen out of occupied France. This is the powerful and touching story of a true American hero. Showings are free to the public, and seats are available first come, first served.
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.
10.30.18 – Lauren Presley