Veterans Memorials in Branson

Veterans Memorial Museum

1250 W Hwy 76 Country Blvd.

Statue of soldiers running and a plane flying in front of the Veterans Memorial Museum
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The Veterans Memorial Museum pays tribute to the men and women who fought for our nation’s freedom during the 20th century. The walls of the museum are lined with the names of those killed in action from WWII through the USS Cole bombing. A full-size P-51 Mustang fighter is visible from Highway 76 and marks the entrance to the museum. The Veterans Memorial Museum provides a humbling appreciation for those who served and vivid experience of the past century to all guests.

Veterans Memorial Garden

1107 W Main St.

Flag and statue of soldiers in the Veterans Memorial Garden
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Created by a former United States Marine and now master gardener, the Veterans Memorial Garden is a somber place of beauty and reflection. The garden honors those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and displayed a willingness to serve. At the heart of the garden is a bronze sculpture titled “Staying Low” that features 12 soldiers scouting mission during World War II. The beauty of the Veterans Memorial Garden may change with the seasons, but the honor the garden represents will always remain.

Veterans Memorials at College of the Ozarks

100 Opportunity Ave., Point Lookout, MO 65726

The patriotic goal of College of the Ozarks is “to encourage an understanding of American heritage, civic responsibility, love of country, and willingness to defend it.” One way the college achieves this goal is through placing educational memorials throughout campus for students, staff and visitors to observe.

The Global War On Terrorism Memorial

The Global War on Terrorism Memorial is the newest addition to College of the Ozarks. It stands to honor modern warriors and their fight against global terrorism. A grieving warrior, a Battlefield Cross, a rifle, an aviator’s helmet and a wounded service dog are depicted in bronze. The sculpture lies in a raised landscape made to represent the terrain of Iraq and Afghanistan. The wall behind the bronze features stained-glass seals of all military branches made by students.

The Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Patriots Park

College of the Ozarks houses the State of Missouri’s Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial. Missouri’s 1,410 fallen heroes are honored here. There are two separate walls in the memorial, symbolizing the division in the country at the time of the war. Between the two walls is a statue representing those who served in the Vietnam War and returned home with its memories. In the heart of the memorial is a “V”-shaped flower bed full of red roses. The “V” stands for valor and the red roses represent the blood shed by those in service.

The Korean War Memorial

The Korean War Memorial pays tribute to over 37,000 fallen heroes. The sculpture in the middle of the memorial portrays two service members grieving over the loss of their brother in arms. The memorial reminds viewers that all war involves true sacrifice and deep pain.

The Missouri Gold Star Families Memorial

Each of the details in the Missouri Gold Star Families Memorial aims to respect the sacrifices made by servicemember families in the homeland. One side of the monument pays tribute to all Gold Star Mothers, Fathers and Relatives in the Nation who lost a loved one in military service. The other side symbolizes the Gold Star Families sacrifices present in the State of Missouri.

Veterans Grove

Veterans Grove is located just outside of College of the Ozarks’ Patriots Park. The students at the college are often given the chance to participate in the patriotic travel program, where they are paired with a veteran and travel back to a place of war in that veteran’s history. Once a veteran has participated in the college’s patriotic travel program, a tree is planted in their honor, and an engraved stone is placed at the foot of the tree.

The Alumni Veterans Memorial

The Alumni Veterans Memorial can be found in the heart of the College of the Ozarks campus. The memorial contains the names of the College of the Ozarks alumni who have served in the armed forces and ultimately sacrificed their lives in service to the nation’s freedom.

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