Honoring Past, Present, and Future Veterans

Recently, “the University of Central Oklahoma dedicated a memorial statue in honor of past, present, and future military-connected students, faculty, and staff. The memorial statue was a joint effort of Central’s Student Government Association, UCOSA and the City of Edmond Visual Arts Commission”.-UCO Press Release

The memorial statue is a representation of the two sides of military-connected students. It features two Central students, both veterans, that died during combat, 2nd Lt. Jered Ewy of the Oklahoma Army National Guard and Sgt. Ryan Wood of the Army’s First Infantry Division, 26th Battalion.

Gary Alsum’s Cast Figure Credit: https://www.garyalsum.com/

Both, Lt. Ewy, and Sgt. Wood gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Their families, and branch of service representatives, state leaders, and the UCO community attended the dedication ceremony held on November 10, 2021.

The statue located in the northeast corner of Plunkett Park is entitled “Tried and True” was commissioned by National Sculptors’ Guild Fellow, Gary Alsum. Mr. Alsum’s work often reflects the American way of life and honors those who work in service to our communities. His work is placed within many outdoor areas in Oklahoma, Colorado, and Michigan.

“This statue is a place for students, faculty, staff, and friends to reflect and to remember all UCO veterans. It honors the service and sacrifice of those who paid the ultimate price, those still serving and those who will serve in the future,” said Tom Mcshane, director of UCO’s Serving America’s Leaders Using Transformative Education (SALUTE) Veteran Programs”. – UCO Press Release

For more information see the UCO website