December 04, 2018
College of the Ozarks students lay wreaths at Missouri State Veterans CemeteryRailey Cizek, School of the Ozarks first grader, carries a wreath to lay at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery on Dec. 1, 2018.
Veterans join College of the Ozarks volunteers to lay wreaths and speak the names of the fallen at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery on Dec. 1, 2018.
College of the Ozarks freshman Amos Barnabas lays a wreath on a gravesite at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery.
Barnabas pays his respect to the fallen Veterans at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery.
Paisley Cizek, School of the Ozarks first grader, participates in the wreath-laying ceremony on Dec. 1, 2018.
A volunteering Veteran prepares to lay wreaths at the gravesites of fallen Veterans in Springfield, Missouri.
College of the Ozarks sends a group of students, staff, and faculty to the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, Missouri.
College of the Ozarks joins the Itus Virtus Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club’s Wreaths for Fallen Heroes program in Springfield, Missouri.
Bryan Cizek, director of patriotic activities for College of the Ozarks, and son, Henry Cizek, participate in the Wreaths for Fallen Heroes program.
POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — Students, staff, and faculty of College of the Ozarks and School of the Ozarks traveled to Springfield, Missouri, to help lay over 4,300 wreaths and speak the names of the fallen represented by the gravesites at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery on Dec. 1.
“It’s a way to show our respect for those who have served and who have lost their lives,” said college sophomore Miranda Lane.
“I gained a sense of respect for them,” said college freshman Amos Barnabas, who attended the ceremony for the first time. “I have a couple of close family friends who currently serve, and I felt more appreciation and respect for their service.”
“I think it is important for students to come out to events like this and understand the sacrifice of those who came before us,” said Bryan Cizek, director of patriotic activities for C of O. “It’s a way of honoring their sacrifice and honoring those families that have a loved one buried there. We want to insure that our Veterans names will never be forgotten.”
This is the first year the College has joined with the Itus Virtus Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club’s Wreaths for Fallen Heroes program in Springfield, Missouri.
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.”
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 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.
12.04.18 – Abigail Wiley