And They Shall Beat Their Swords Into Plowshares


From inside the Belltower. Of course I never went in until after I graduated. To be fair, the street festival didn’t exist until after I graduated, either. K and I took about two hours out of our afternoon for a little lesson in the history of our alma mater – photos of the first class, creating your own compositions on the bells in the tower, seeing the sheet music for school songs, culminating in getting to go inside the memorial. We were a good sized group, so we took up residence on one of the benches. It’s a beautiful place.

The Memorial Belltower at NC State was built over the course of several years to serve as a memorial for the alumni lost to World War I. A name added in error to the plaque inside was changed to George E. Jefferson to represent all unknown soldiers killed in action. Today, class rings spend a night inside the memorial before students receive them and the tower is lit in red (in true Wolfpack fashion) in celebration of victories, honors, and veteran holidays.


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