By Savannah Taffe, MUTV-23 News Reporter


As the flowers blossom, Mizzou gathers to honor those who have passed in the Tiger Family. Every year during the Spring semester, Mizzou acknowledges and pays respect to the students, faculty and staff that have departed throughout the year. Mizzou honors these individuals with a wreath hanging ceremony hosted by Mizzou’s very own president, Mun Choi. 


“As we reflect on the lives lost, I know that the sorrow is both deep and lingering,” says Choi, “But know this, these tiger’s lived a fundamental truth.” 


Although this is an event that happens yearly, this year in particular has taken a toll on the Tiger family. As COVID-19 continues to plague the campus, the Tigers at Mizzou band together to honor those that have passed and to cherish those who remain. 


“But no year in our living memory has been this difficult and challenging as this last one,” says Choi.


A total of 18 individuals passed this year, and their names were proclaimed and honored on Saturday, April 17, 2021. In efforts to keep these names alive in the minds of the Tiger family, Ellis Library will be dedicating a book to each individual. Further actions in remembrance of the lost tigers included the MU flags being raised to half mass until 5:00 p.m. that day and the darkening of the Jess Hall Dome and Memorial Union Tower until the next morning. 


“Let the memories of our Tiger family members live through our work,” said Choi as he closed out the ceremony. 

Edited by Rachel Henderson

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