"In memoriam of those who fought and died in World War I that freedom may live."
Erected by the Soldiers and Sailors Welfare Association of the Ninth Ward.
Memorial Tower, or the Campanile as it is sometimes called, is a 175-foot clock tower in the center of Louisiana State University's campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Erected in 1923 and officially dedicated in 1926, it stands as a memorial to Louisianans who died in World War I.
Upon entering the tower, visitors find the rotunda of bronze plaques bearing the names of 1,447 fallen Louisiana World War I soldiers to whom the tower is dedicated. The inside of the tower is also home to a military museum.
The Memorial Oak Grove was dedicated on March 12, 1926 to honor the 30 LSU men who lost their lives in the war. Thirty-one live oak trees were planted, one for each of the fallen and one for an unknown soldier, as a living reminder of their sacrifice and service to the country.
Plans have been in the works to improve the landscaping and to provide an educational component to tell the story of those who are memorialized, the grove itself, and the war.