Memorial Belltower at Henry Square
Symbol of inspiration to the Wolfpack Community
Since its completion in 1937, the Memorial Belltower has stood as a symbol of identity for North Carolina State University, a timekeeper for tradition and a perpetual memorial to NC State students who gave their lives in defense of their country during World War I.
As well as a memorial, the tower is a rallying point for students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the university community. It’s also a place for celebration after winning a big game, as well as the starting point for the Krispy Kreme Challenge – a five mile race held each year. The task? Run to the nearby Krispy Kreme, eat a dozen doughnuts and run back to the belltower in under an hour.
The Belltower is lit for holidays that honor our veterans, such as Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day, and to celebrate NC State’s proudest occasions and achievements.
Powered by a lead gift from the Henry family to the university’s Think and Do the Extraordinary Campaign, an amazing 2019-2021 completion and restoration project added 55 bells, as well as other improvements.
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