September 12, 2019
College of the Ozarks held 9/11 Memorial Ceremony
POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — On Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, at 9 a.m., College of the Ozarks held a special ceremony to commemorate the lives of those who perished in the terrorist attacks that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001.
The ceremony was held at the Lest We Forget 9/11 Memorial located next to the College of the Ozarks Fire Department on James Forsythe Drive on the College of the Ozarks campus. Several members of the community attended.
Special guest John Ligato was in attendance and gave special remarks. “You don’t have to be in the military or a first responder to stand on the wall of freedom,” said Ligato. “A shining example of average American citizens exemplifying the patriotic goal of this college, of loving America and being willing to defend it, occurred on September 11th eighteen years ago.” Ligato is a retired special agent with the FBI and was instrumental in bringing the memorial to College of the Ozarks.
Lori King, a crisis responder from Ohio, attended the memorial. King and her team were dispatched to New York to assist with the tragedy. King reflected on her thoughts, stating, “My heart [was] aching for each family as I looked across at the devastation hearing the sounds of the trucks moving back and forth and the smells of smoke still smoldering. I will never forget.”
“College of the Ozarks has taken a leadership role in providing educational opportunities to our campus and the community,” said Bryan Cizek, director of patriotic activities. “We must never forget what happened on Sept. 11, 2001. It is up to this generation at College of the Ozarks to ensure that doesn’t happen. This ceremony is a great opportunity for members of the community to come together in remembrance with the entire campus family.”
The ceremony included music from the College of the Ozarks Concert Band, the raising of the 9/11 National Remembrance Flag by distinguished guest John Ligato, and remarks from College President Jerry C. Davis.
For additional information, contact Public Relations Director Valorie Coleman, at (417) 690-2212.