Veterans Grove and Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial
The College of the Ozarks, a short distance south of Branson, Missouri, is a very special higher educational experience ... with a focus on Christian values and character, hard work, and financial responsibility ... exemplifying what is right with America ... with a patriotic goal ... to encourage an understanding of American heritage, civic responsibility, love of country, and willingness to defend it.
This noble education effort can also be experienced by anyone who visits its beautiful campus as is the case with its many heartfelt patriotic exhibits and tributes ... including the Veterans Grove and Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
The Veterans Grove, located next to the Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial, has planted trees with each one representing a veteran who has traveled with students to various points of battle around the world as a part of the College's patriotic travel program. At the base of each tree rests a stone bearing the name of the veteran.
The Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which honors the lives of the 1,410 men and women from Missouri who lost their lives serving during the Vietnam War, is located at the entrance to the campus, near the Alumni Center and bordered by the Veterans Grove. The walls of the memorial are divided because this country was divided. In between the two walls stands a statue of Vietnam Veterans, representing those who served in Vietnam and returned home to live the rest of their lives with memories of war. A flower bed in the shape of the letter “V” for valor displayed a bed of red roses, representing the blood shed by servicemen and women.
Here is a proud look at the Veterans Grove and Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial during the 2015 Veterans Day period.
USA Patriotism! video with filming by Colby Kuykendall