Missouri Governor Mike Parson presents a Missouri flag to College of the Ozarks in a brief ceremony today at The Keeter Center. The flag is from the USS Missouri (SSN-780), a Virginia-class attack submarine.
Parson addressed those gathered, and College President Jerry C. Davis accepted the flag on behalf of the College.
“We are pleased to accept this beautiful flag,” Davis said. “We appreciate this special gift from Governor Parson. It will serve as a reminder of our dedication to serve the great state of Missouri and our country.”
Maj. Gen. Stephen L. Danner, the adjutant general of Missouri, also spoke to those gathered.
Parson said he decided to present this flag to College of the Ozarks in recognition of its patriotic goal: to encourage an understanding of American heritage, civic responsibilities, love of country, and willingness to defend it.
Parson and Danner spoke with candidates from the College’s newly announced Bobcat GOLD Program after the ceremony. Through this program, the College will commission graduates as second lieutenants in the Missouri Army National Guard.
“Through the years, College of the Ozarks has fully supported America’s armed forces through its military science courses, patriotic scholarship programs, and extensive military museum,” Parson said. “Therefore, I believe that their campus is the ideal location to proudly display the special Missouri flag that I had the honor of receiving while visiting the USS Missouri in Hawaii last January. Missouri is proud of our servicemen and women and appreciates Dr. Davis’ vision and commitment to instill patriotism in our next generation of leaders.”
Administrators will display the flag on the College of the Ozarks campus.