POINT LOOKOUT, Mo.-(4/19/17) Governor of Missouri and former Navy Seal Eric Greitens was on hand to help dedicate a memorial to Gold Star families this afternoon at College of the Ozarks. Gold Star family members from around the state were in attendance for what was an inspiring yet sobering ceremony."Today we come together to lay a memorial at the entrance of this proud university, and in doing so we honor Missouri's Gold Star families," said Greitens, speaking to a crowd of hundreds.
“We are honored to have Governor Greitens join us for this somber occasion,” said Jerry C. Davis, president of College of the Ozarks. “We view this as our duty to honor all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Building this memorial is the College’s way of honoring families who sacrificed everything in the name of freedom.”
Ryan Manion lost her brother Travis in 2007 while he was serving in Iraq. She is now the president of the Travis Manion Foundation, and spoke to her fellow Gold Star families at the ceremony, "To my fellow Gold Star family members, you have born an incredible sacrifice, I hope that you come to know the joy, peace and resilience that comes with healing."
The memorial is open to the public and can be viewed across from the Keeter Center at the campus of College of the Ozarks