Patriotic Education Trips
Mariana Islands & Japan Tour 2015
Twelve College of the Ozarks students accompanied five WWII Veterans and a special guest, a Saipan native, back to battlefields on the Mariana Islands and Japan. For ten days, May 12 through 22, 2015, the group visited notable places including Guam, Tinian, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki. The students heard about living on Saipan during the War and learned first-hand the stories of Marine, Navy, and Army Air Corps Veterans who served. You can read the students' blog by visiting, www.cofomarianaislands2015.wordpress.com/.
Vietnam Tour 2014
From September 25 through October 9, 2014, twelve College of the Ozarks students accompanied twelve Vietnam War Veterans for the inaugural Patriotic Education trip back to Vietnam. Please visit http://www.cofovietnamtour2014.wordpress.com to read a blog of their travels together visiting places including Saigon, the Mekong Delta, the la Drang Valley, Da Nang, Khe Sanh, Hue and Hanoi.
70th Anniversary of D-Day & Battle of the Bulge Tour 2014
June 6, 2014 marked the 70th Anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge. College of the Ozarks commemorated these historic occasions by sending sixteen of our students with eight World War II Veterans to France, Belgium, and Luxembourg. The group visited landmarks including the beaches of Normandy, the Normandy American Cemetery, the foxholes of Bastogne, and the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery. Please visit the blog link, www.cofo.edu/Normandy, to read students' posts of this amazing journey.
Korean War 60th Anniversary “Joe Bryant Memorial” Tour 2013
Seventeen College of the Ozarks students accompanied nine Korean War Veterans on a Patriotic Education trip back to the historic places that turned the tide of communism on the Korean Peninsula – a place where America and her allies triumphed over the forces of tyranny. Please visit, http://cofokorea2013.blogspot.com/, to follow this journey that took place September/October 2013.
England Trip 2013: 8th USAAF and Battle of the Atlantic 70th Anniversary Tour
In May 2013, sixteen students from College of the Ozarks traveled with eight World War II Veterans to London, Cambridge, and Liverpool for the 70th Anniversary Commemoration of the Battle of the Atlantic. The blog, http://cofobattleoftheatlantic.blogspot.com/, contains stories, experiences, and photos.
Follow along as seven students from College of the Ozarks accompanied six WWII Veterans back to their battlefields in Guadalcanal, December 2012. The students learned firsthand from the stories of men who served our nation bravely during the Battle of Guadalcanal seventy years ago - http://cofopacific.blogspot.com.
For two weeks in September/October 2012, students from College of the Ozarks traveled to China. They were accompanied by WWII and Cold War Veterans who served in China just after the close of WWII. They were also joined by Charlie Tsui, who was adopted by the Marines as a young boy in the 1940s. Follow along as the students, veterans visit sites last seen nearly 70 years ago, passing their stories of courage and sacrifice on to the next generation of Americans - http://cofochina.blogspot.com.
Holocaust Memorial Tour
For two weeks in June 2012, students from College of the Ozarks traveled to Germany, Poland, Austria, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. They were accompanied by three Holocaust Survivors and four WWII Veterans who helped liberate concentration camps. Follow along as the students, Veterans, and Survivors visit Auschwitz, Mauthausen, Dachau, and other sites last seen nearly 70 years ago, passing their stories of courage and sacrifice on to the next generation of Americans - http://patriotictravel.blogspot.com.
The Philippines Tour
For two weeks in April 2012, students from College of the Ozarks traveled to the Philippines with Veterans from WWII. Follow their daily adventures (http://patriotictravel2012.blogspot.com/) as the Veterans revisit Bataan Penisula, Corregidor, and other battlefields last seen nearly 70 years ago, passing their stories of courage and sacrifice on to the next generation of Americans.
Trip for 70th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor
In December 2011, a group of 10 C of O students traveled to Pearl Harbor, Okinawa, and Hiroshima. They were accompanied by five wonderful WWII Veterans, along with faculty members David Dalton and Diane Smith. You can follow their adventures at the blog http://www.pearlharbor70.blogspot.com/.