The University of New Hampshire Memorial Union Building is the New Hampshire's official state war memorial. Located on the third floor of the MUB, the Memorial Room reflects that distinction and honors all New Hampshire residents who perished while in military action from World War I through present day. Funds to create this building as a war memorial came from alumni, the state, businesses and civic groups. In 1953, when Governor Hugh Gregg signed the proclamation declaring the UNH Memorial Union as the State's official war memorial (prior to building construction that was completed in 1957), he wrote that it was "desirable that as many youth of the state as possible should know and revere the courage and the sacrifice of New Hampshire men and women who served their country." Gregg and the many community members who worked to create this building wanted it to be a place to prompt discussion and thought, a place for quiet reflection, and a place of inspiration. By placing this building and this room in the state's Land Grant University, it was hoped that generations of students to come would be inspired to have these discussions.