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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

December 16, 2017

College of the Ozarks students lay wreaths in Arlington National Cemetery, Missouri State Veterans Cemetery, Dec. 16

College of the Ozarks student lays wreath in Veterans CemeterySchool of the Ozarks senior Emily Shafter participates in laying wreaths at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, Missouri.

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks leaders decided to help ensure the gravesites of the nation’s military do not go without wreaths. The College purchased 500 wreaths to be laid at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, Missouri, today, Dec. 16.

Students, staff, and faculty of C of O and School of the Ozarks traveled to Springfield and also to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., to help lay the wreaths and say the names of soldiers represented by the gravesites.

“It was truly heartwarming to see so many of our Ozarks family pause to help honor Veterans today,” said Dr. Marci Linson, vice president for patriotic activities and dean of admissions. “The College is honored to join with Wreaths Across America to help remember our Veterans at Christmas. This special outreach not only honors Veterans, but encourages Gold Star families who no doubt miss their loved ones even more during the Christmas season.”

The funding for the purchase of the wreaths was provided by Pitch in for Patriots, a patriotic club at School of the Ozarks. Funding for travel to Springfield and Washington, D.C., was provided by Johnny Morris and the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar golf tournament, part of the PGA TOUR Champion’s Tour.

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.”

C of O partners with Wreaths Across America for this project. December 16 is National Wreaths Across America Day, and the Wreaths Across America organization works to ensure the memories and sacrifices of fallen soldiers are honored by placing the wreaths in Arlington and nearly 1,200 U.S. Veterans cemeteries across the U.S.

To view a video of last year’s event, visit College of the Ozarks on Facebook: 

The tradition of wreaths was started by an individual wreath-maker 25 years ago, who for 22 years took 5,000 wreaths to Arlington. In 2005, the project grew because of an aerial photo that was taken of the spectacular site and was posted on the Internet.

For more about Wreaths Across America, visit

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 Best Value Regional College in the Midwest and No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2018. 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 2017. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.



12.16.17 – Valorie Coleman


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