The idea for a monument to honor NC State alumni killed in World War I originated with Vance Sykes, a member of the class of 1907.

The Memorial Belltower

May 30, 2011

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Standing like a sentinel at the university’s main entrance, the Memorial Tower symbolizes the defining values of North Carolina State  University: courage in the face of adversity, strength of character and an unwavering commitment to service.

Built to honor 33 alumni who gave their lives in the First World War, the Belltower is the spiritual center of campus; a rallying point in times of celebration, a place of quiet reflection on solemn occasions. Called “a legend in stone,” the tower rises 115 feet above campus, anchored in the struggles and sacrifices of the past but pointing to a limitless sky.

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