Honoring Veterans

A memorial area honoring veterans at the entrance of the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri, depicts one of the characteristics of the university – to honor those in the military and those who have served in the past.

A young man salutes the US flag as he prepares to report for duty in the 1940’s.

Students and staff worked on the installation and grounds of these tributes.  Native stones were used for the walls.

Young men across American were drafted to fight in World War II.  The Greatest Generation or the GI Generation formed our country into a strong, sacrificing group of people.

The statistics from this war are staggering.  Over 60 million people were killed during WWII, which was over 3% of the world’s population at the time.  22 to 25 million of those people were soldiers, including 5 million who died in captivity as prisoners of war.  407,300 Americans soldiers were victims of this war.

This memorial recognizes and honors Veterans from all US wars, with an emphasis to those from Missouri.

This private Christian university strives to teach many life lessons to students.

Vietnam Veterans wall is divided to represent the divided country as US citizens were divided on the war, the issues, and US involvement during this time.  The red flowers symbolize the blood that was shed by the soldiers who died.

The tiles on the other side of the flowers state “All gave some, Some gave all.”

58,209 Americans died in the Vietnam War from combat and other circumstances.

A plaque from each branch of service shows their symbols.

36,534 Americans gave their lives in the Korean War.

This monument and others were generously contributed by the founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shops, Johnny Morris.

Behind the statue is the Veterans Grove.  This idea for this grove came from a trip made to Belgium when students and veterans visited Peaces Woods in Bastogne.  One student noticed the impact this memorial had on the veterans and mentioned to a professor that it would be nice if the college had something similar.

Each veteran from the trip was honored with the planting of a Sugar Maple, which is aligned with others to create the same unique pattern of the marble crosses at the American cemeteries in Europe.  Next to each tree is a bronze marker with a veteran’s name.

Can’t remember which war this statue recognizes.  I think it’s Vietnam.

Global War on Terrorism recognizes all modern soldiers who have served to fight those who want to destroy Americans and our freedoms.

Missouri Gold Star Families Memorial preserves the memories of the fallen, the families who lost them, and is a stark reminder that freedom is not free.

If you’re ever in this area, this memorial is well worth the time.  The figures given for each of the wars came from the internet, so I hope they are correct.

The next blog will focus on the university campus.

Thank you to every person serving in our military at this present time and to the living veterans, who live with the horrific memories of your service.

“In peace, sons bury their fathers.  In war, fathers bury their sons.”  unknown