For Immediate Release
SUBJECT: Rare Volumes of Korean War History Given to College of the Ozarks Now on Display
Korean War Veteran Rich Peters, of Forsyth, knows that “freedom is not free,” and that is why he took time to travel with College of the Ozarks students in October to South Korea in order to educate them about his personal experiences serving in the Navy during the Korean War. Upon his return from the patriotic education trip, he was so inspired by the students’ eagerness to learn about history that he did something quite unusual. He contacted the Consulate General of the Republic of South Korea, located in Chicago, and requested a set of rare historical books named “Korean War Memorials and Pictures,” published by the South Korean government.
In his letter to the Consulate, Mr. Peters wrote how the trip with C of O students impacted him and his fellow Korean Veterans, as much as it did the students. He also wrote that “the books will not only enhance their [the students] research/reference resource but will remain on campus in perpetuity as a testament to the bond of blood and spirit that exists between the people of South Korea and the United States.”
His efforts were not without fruit. The Consulate responded by promptly mailing the rare books. On November 22, Mr. Peters presented the books to College of the Ozarks President Jerry C. Davis and Executive Vice President Fred Mullinax. The books are now on display in the “Lest We Forget Exhibit,” an exhibit that documents the College’s Patriotic Education Travel Program and honors Veterans of WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War. This exhibit, located in the The Keeter Center Gallery, is free to view.
“The College is fortunate to have Veterans, such as Rich Peters, take the time to share their stories with our students and even more fortunate to have them care enough to go the extra mile to ensure that the students have a set of rare books that document a piece of American and South Korean history,” said Dr. Mullinax, who oversees the Patriotic Education Travel Program.
In 2009, College of the Ozarks began the Patriotic Education Travel Program, designed to provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences for students and Veterans. The program pairs College of the Ozarks students with Veterans, taking them back to the battlefields where they fought. This program honors Veterans and helps educate the younger generation, instilling an appreciation for the sacrifices of American soldiers.
The College recognizes these trips as a powerful opportunity to reinforce one of the five goals of the College, patriotism. The rich educational journey provides a life-changing experience for College of the Ozarks students, who not only learn volumes of history from the firsthand participants but grow to love and appreciate them as well. Participating students return with renewed respect for Veterans and dramatically increased love for their country.
The Patriotic Education Travel Program is funded completely by College of the Ozarks and generous donors, allowing students and Veterans to travel at no personal cost.