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Many North Carolina towns have monuments and war memorials commemorating those who fought and died in major military conflicts. Public historian, Martha Norkunas, describes the reasons for constructing such monuments, what they represent, and how who creates the memorial and when can influence the depiction of certain events.
Cary artist Roger Ehrlich’s 24-foot “shimmer tower” dedicated to all victims of war worldwide has been erected at the State Capitol. Ehrlich’s tower allows people to ring the bell in memory of a victim of war and to write their names on the tower itself. The tower is meant to make people consider the cost of war and to help with the healing process for those suffering from loss.
North Carolina State University’s Memorial Belltower was built to honor alumni who were killed in battle in World War I. The tower was designed by William Henry Deacy and construction began November 10, 1921. Currently, the belltower is often used as a gathering place for celebrations. The history of the memorial since WWI is detailed.