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Has Your (Belltower) Story Been Tolled?

The Memorial Belltower is one of NC State’s most Hallowed Places, a reminder of the Wolfpack that has roamed these bricks for decades, and the Pack that will follow long into the future. Originally built to honor the alumni killed in World War I and now honoring everyone who has served and sacrificed in the military, the Memorial Belltower has become a symbol of strength, inspiration, connection and celebration, and a centerpiece for the Wolfpack community.

Now, Memorial Belltower at Henry Square is complete, and its new bells will be a marker of where our university began and our extraordinary future. We love watching our alumni pass the torch to the next generation, especially in their own families.

“Shortly after my nephew, Connor Gibbons (BA History 2019, MA Education 2021) was accepted to NC State I found a photo of my Dad, Edward Hollod (right), in front of the Memorial Belltower. The photo was dated March 1953. Dad was stationed at Fort Bragg during the Korean War and was discharged from the Army that month.

Perhaps on his way home to Pennsylvania he and a friend toured Raleigh and NC State. In the same pack of photos were pictures taken at the State Capitol. We also found a Basketball program for a game State played against George Washington at this same time. I framed this and gave it to Connor (left).

Dad never met his grandson, having passed away in 1982. So there is something very poignant and timeless about this connection between them at the NC State Memorial Belltower. 

I’ve followed the stories of the tower renovation and was gratified to see the improvements made to this icon of NC State. Best wishes for future success and ‘Go Pack’!” – David Hollod

The storied Memorial Belltower has seen engagements, graduations, victory celebrations and more. Your special moments continue to bolster the impact of this campus centerpiece. We added the bells, but you keep adding those memories, and we want to hear about them.

We encourage you to amplify your NC State experience by sharing your piece of the Memorial Belltower story. Take a peek below at some of the stories already submitted!

You can submit your Belltower photo and story here, or join the conversation on social media using #CampaignNCState. And, click here if you want to learn more about the history of the Memorial Belltower and the completion and restoration project.

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