College of the Ozarks breaks ground for The Korean War Memorial today


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Publish Date: 
Thursday, November 9, 2017

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks broke ground for The Korean War Memorial today, Nov. 8, 2017, at Patriots Park on the College campus. More than 350 people — Veterans, campus family, School of the Ozarks Upper School students, and community members — were in attendance at the ceremony.

The purpose of The Korean War Memorial is not only to honor the 944 Missourians who paid the ultimate sacrifice but to honor all 36,574 Americans who gave their lives, to pay homage to all Korean War Veterans who served their country, and to ensure that students learn about the sacrifice of so many who served in this historic conflict.

“It’s important that we never forget what these men and women sacrificed for our freedom,” said Jerry C. Davis, president. “The Korean War was a crucial time in our military history, and our servicemen and women deserve to be honored.”

General Terrence R. Dake, 1964 graduate and College of the Ozarks Board of Trustees chairman, addressed those assembled. Dake, a four-star general, is the former assistant commandant of the United States Marine Corps.

“We hear the Korean War referred to as The Forgotten War,” Dake said. “Somehow it was wedged between the immensity of World War II and the notoriety of the Vietnam War, which nearly tore our nation asunder. They call it The Forgotten War, and yet more than 35,000 military gave their lives. More than 100,000 were wounded, and a larger number served.

“Anyone who says that the Korean War was not a war that should have been fought, or it wasn’t worth fighting, or it wasn’t important, needs to be a student of history and understand the importance of the Korean Peninsula and those events that are unfolding. Warriors don’t pick their wars. They don’t get a chance to say, I want to go to a popular war, or a righteous war, or a war that will change the course of history. They go where their nation sends them. They fight their best, and hopefully they come home.”

The Korean War Memorial will be dedicated in April 2018.

About the memorial

Designed by James Hall of Nixa, Missouri, the stunning bronze monument, titled The Pain of Sacrifice, depicts a brave service member who just lost his brother in arms. This piece illustrates that war is a necessary evil; sacrifice comes with war; and war is painful, especially during loss.

About Patriots Park

Patriots Park at College of the Ozarks encompasses Veterans Grove and other memorials built by the College to honor those who have served and sacrificed for our country. Veterans Grove is comprised of more than 100 sugar maple trees that honor Veterans who have traveled with C of O students on trips to historic sites.

The Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial, located at the entrance of the College, exists to honor the fallen and properly thank Vietnam War Veterans for their sacrifice and bravery. The memorial bears the names of the 1,410 Missourians who served and died in the Vietnam War.

A new memorial was built in spring 2017, The Missouri Gold Star Families Memorial. The purpose of the memorial is to honor Gold Star Families (those who have lost immediate family members killed in their service to the country), to preserve the memory of the fallen, and stand as a stark reminder that freedom is not free.

Guests to campus are welcome to visit Patriots Park daily, from sunrise to 10 p.m.

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.