March 26, 2019
College of the Ozarks to dedicate The Global War on Terrorism Memorial April 24
POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks will dedicate The Global War on Terrorism Memorial on April 24, 2 p.m., at Patriots Park on the College campus. This is the last installation for Patriots Park, a vision of College President Jerry C. Davis, and a tangible way for the College to honor its Patriotic Goal.
“College of the Ozarks is pleased to pay tribute to those who have served and to acknowledge all those who will serve in this ongoing battle against terrorism,” Davis said. “This memorial is a beautiful addition to Patriots Park, and we hope everyone, young and old, will spend time here for years to come, reflecting on the sacrifices made.”
Davis will provide a welcome to those gathered for the dedication ceremony. Gen. Terrence R. Dake, College alumnus and board of trustees chair, and Missouri Governor Michael Parson will give remarks. Pete Hegseth, cohost of FOX News Channel’s Fox & Friends Weekend, will serve as keynote speaker.
J. Mark McVey, Broadway actor and singer, will sing “God Bless America.” Music for the occasion also will include performances by an honor choir from School of the Ozarks and College of the Ozarks, along with performances by the College Band.
“We plan to make this ceremony memorable for all who attend,” said Bryan Cizek, director of patriotic activities. “This a grand opportunity for us to honor all Veterans of the Global War on Terrorism, Gold Star Families, and of course all those who continue to serve. We must remember freedom is not free. Someone pays a price for us to live in this great country and experience the freedom to pursue life, liberty, and happiness.”
Guests may park on campus and ride the shuttle to the dedication site at Patriots Park. All are encouraged to arrive early, as the gates to campus will be locked at 1:45 p.m. A reception will take place in The Keeter Center after the ceremony.
“This is an on-going conflict,” said Dr. Marci Linson, vice president for patriotic activities and dean of admissions at College of the Ozarks. “We will have people in attendance, and as part of the ceremony, who have served, are serving, and who will serve in the War on Terror. We must honor their sacrifice and celebrate the hope we have in Christ.”
The memorial is built by College of the Ozarks students and staff and made possible by a gift from Johnny Morris, founder 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. Miller Brady, president of PGA TOUR Champions, will be an honored member of the platform party during the dedication ceremony.
About the memorial
The memorial features a service member and his service dog cast in bronze. The statue was designed by artist James Hall of Nixa, Missouri. It depicts the service member kneeling at a Battlefield Cross, a symbol that represents a fallen hero killed in action. Also depicted in bronze is a wounded service dog, symbolizing all dogs’ vital contribution in today’s modern warfare.
The bronze will be installed in a raised structure, with landscape representing the terrain of Iraq and Afghanistan. The wall behind the bronze includes the seals of all military branches, and each seal is made of stained glass and handcrafted by College of the Ozarks students. The monument will be connected to The Korean War Memorial and The Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial by walkways, completing the master plan of Patriots Park.
The dedication of the 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.
More about the speakers
General Terrence R. Dake — Dake, a 1964 graduate of C of O, is the former assistant commandant of the United States Marine Corps. He flew countless missions during the Vietnam War and in Operation Desert Storm. Dake spent 34 years in the United States Marine Corps, holding numerous titles and receiving many significant awards. He also was pilot of Marine One for President Ronald Reagan.
Governor Michael Parson — Parson was sworn in as Missouri’s 57th governor on June 1, 2018. He stepped into the role of governor with a longtime commitment to serving others, with over 30 years of experience in public service. Parson previously served as the 47th lieutenant governor of Missouri. He was elected lieutenant governor on Nov. 8, 2016, after claiming victory in 110 of Missouri’s 114 counties and receiving the most votes of any lieutenant governor in Missouri history. Parson is a Veteran, having served six years in the U.S. Army. Parson is a strong advocate for agriculture, seniors, tourism, and Veterans.
Pete Hegseth — Pete Hegseth currently serves as a co-host of FOX News Channel’s (FNC) FOX & Friends Weekend (weekends 6-10AM/ET), as well as a senior political analyst for the network. He joined the network as a contributor in 2014. While at FNC, Hegseth has provided analysis and commentary across the network’s daytime and primetime programming. Prior to joining FNC, Hegseth held the position of CEO for Concerned Veterans for America. Previously, he was an infantry officer in the Army National Guard and has served in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Guantanamo Bay. He holds two Bronze Stars and a Combat Infantryman Badge for his time in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was recently promoted to the rank of major and is currently in the Individual Ready Reserve.
About Patriots Park
Patriots Park, located at the entrance of the College of the Ozarks campus, is home to several memorials that highlight the valor of our country’s brave servicemen and women – The Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial, The Missouri Gold Star Families Memorial, the Greatest Generation Plaza, and The Korean War Memorial. Patriots Park also includes Veterans Grove, which consists of nearly 150 sugar maple trees that honor Veterans who have traveled with the College as part of the Patriotic Education Travel Program.
Guests to campus are welcome to visit Patriots Park daily, from sunrise to 10 p.m.
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 2019. 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.
03.26.19 – Valorie Coleman