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Friday, June 10, 2016
“LEST WE FORGET”
two memorials to brave men and women on the campus of the College of the
Ozarks, both can be very moving. The
first we visited was the 911 “Lest we Forget” memorial.
remember where we were on 9/11. We sat
as a nation stunned in the horror of the loss of the 2,996 lives on that
day. We were all forever changed by the
37 of those
lost were the Port Authority Officers.
The column and flanges in this memorial are from the rubble of the World
Trade Center. It is called “St.
Michael’s 37” in honor of those 37 and because the column and flanges resemble
the body and wings of an angel.
memorial is next to the fire station on campus, which seems very appropriate in
honor of those firefighters who risk their own lives.
visited this memorial we exited the campus to drive directly into the Missouri
Viet Nam Veterans Memorial.
driven by this section a few times before, but never stopped. At Dobyns Restaurant when we ate they had a
smaller memorial in honor of Memorial Day.
We decided then and there we were stopping at the memorial on our way
It is a
loving tribute to those who gave their lives in Viet Nam that had lived in
Missouri. From the inspirational inscriptions
to the “Wall” with the names of the 1,410
Missourians that lost their lives in the conflict, flanking each side of a
beautiful statue that represents all those who fought,
paving stones family members have purchased in the center of the exhibit
To the observation benches that you can rest and contemplate on it was all beautifully
the walls of the memorial is Veterans Grove.
It was dedicated by President George W. Bush on his April 2011 visit to
the campus. There are over 100 sugar
maple trees that were planted to honor the veterans who have traveled with
college of the Ozark Students to the various historic sites of many historical
war sites as I mentioned in my post on the Ralph Foster Museum visit.
tree is a bronze marker with the veterans name and branch of the service.
All in all these free silent memorials remind us of those who came before us to fight for our nation and sadly those that will go after us for the same reason.
Jan who feels blessed to live in such a great nation