The Campanile in 1951Image courtesy of University Archives
THE BELLS OF MT. OREAD
Sunday, May 27, 1951
On May 27th, 1951 the Memorial Carillon and Campanile was formally dedicated to the 277 KU men and women who had given their lives in the Second World War.
Among those who heard the first melodious tones resonating from the tower’s 53 bells were the friends and families of the deceased. They looked out towards the Kaw Valley over Memorial Stadium, built to honor the 130 KU students and alumni who had died in the First World War. As they listened to the heartfelt praise and gratitude expressed for their departed loved ones, the moment must have been as poignant as it was picturesque. Surely no sight or experience better revealed the truth of the old adage that “freedom is never free.”