April 2, 2013
SUBJECT: COLLEGE ANNOUNCES EVENTS PLANNED TO COMMEMORATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VIETNAM WAR
College of the Ozarks publicly announced its plan to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War on Saturday, March 30, National Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day. More than 200 area residents, many of them Vietnam Veterans, attended the kickoff event that featured the unveiling of a commemorative events calendar, remarks by College of the Ozarks President Jerry C. Davis and Executive Vice President Fred Mullinax, and a performance by the C of O Chapel Choir. The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 913 of Branson provided the color guard for the event.
During his remarks Dr. Davis shared a letter that his younger brother, the late Dan Davis, who served in the Vietnam War, had sent him 50 years ago from Vietnam. He also read one that his brother had written 25 years after the war, following a convocation he attended featuring Colonel Oliver North. In that letter, Dan Davis wrote that “the war produced three kinds of people: heroes, victims, and survivors.” Dan continued to explain that the true heroes’ names are recorded on the “Wall,” and that he carried in his wallet for 26 years a picture of a Vietnamese child who did his and other soldier’s laundry at their base camp and was his friend. She perished in a mortar attack; she is a victim. Dan ended his letter saying that “I am a fortunate survivor.”
After sharing this poignant letter, President Davis said that he thought “the country owed a special effort to right a wrong and that the College would like to be a part of that.”
Scheduled during the next 18 months are numerous events that will honor Vietnam Veterans and their families and recognize the accomplishments and contributions they made to our nation and world. A Vietnam Veterans Thank You Reception, Honor America Celebration with Special Tribute to Vietnam Veterans, and Vietnam Veterans Convocation are included on the events calendar. The College also plans to host a “Teach-in,” but not the type of teach-one prevalent in the 1960s. The College of the Ozarks “Teach-in” will consist of an educational presentation on the service and sacrifices made by the men and women of the United States military who served in the Vietnam War.
For more information on the College’s Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, please contact the Public Relations Office at (417) 690-2212.
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Official Commemorative Calendar