Patriotic Activities

Honor America

Join us in June for our annual Independence Day Celebration, Honor America! Always free to the public, come out and enjoy local Branson entertainment and a spectacular fireworks show at dark! Bring your lawn chairs, quilts, and picnic baskets, or purchase food on the grounds. Uncle Sam is always on hand to visit and give away American flags. Our children’s area is a treat, with a face-painting provided by students, and a station where the kids can make thank-you cards for veterans! This year’s cards were distributed to veterans at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, D.C. Come one, come all, and Honor America with College of the Ozarks!

September 11 Remembrance

September 11, 2001 was a dark day in American history. Terrorist attacks claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 innocent citizens who simply awoke that morning to go about the business of their usual day. Hatred of our nation fueled the motive for the attacks. College of the Ozarks and the School of the Ozarks are committed to teaching students that the United States is an honorable nation built on the ideals of freedom. To honor emergency responders and those who lost their lives on 9-11, and to teach young people about that day and why our nation is worth fighting for, the College hosts an annual remembrance service. Families who lost loved ones that day joined the College this year for the dedication of the September 11 “Lest We Forget” Memorial, where the centerpiece is a steel column from the World Trade Center named “St. Michael’s 37.” For more information on this special memorial, click here.

Veterans Week

The College is pleased to honor veterans year-round, and is careful to pay special attention to those who served and are still serving, our nation, during Veterans Week. On Veterans Day there is a memorial service on the chapel lawn, near the Alumni Veterans Memorial. At the Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial, students read the names on the wall to honor those who gave their lives during that conflict.

Railway to Heaven

Don't miss this dramatic depiction of the experiences of Pfc. Roy Hopper in the original play, “Railway to Heaven: A True Story of an Ozarks P.O.W.” The play is based on the book, Miracle in the Ozarks, by Jerry C. Davis, president of College of the Ozarks. Roy was a School of the Ozarks student who was drafted into the Army in 1943 to serve in WWII. He was involved in the invasion of Normandy in France, only to later be captured by the German Army. He endured torture, the death of his best friend, and witnessed unimaginable atrocities at the hands of the Nazis. This is the powerful and touching story of a true American hero. For more information about current showings, click here.

The Four Generals of Hard Work U

It is quite remarkable that a small college in the Ozarks has produced not one, but four, armed services generals. Dr. Jerry C. Davis writes about the influence of College of the Ozarks on the lives of young men from humble backgrounds who achieved success in service to our nation in his book The Four Generals of Hard Work U. Click here to visit our campus store and purchase a copy; all proceeds benefit the College's patriotic travel program. 

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