FHSU Walking Tour

Several markers on the campus of Fort Hays State University pay tribute to the Vietnam War, W.W. II and the Kent State/Jackson State tragedy. Click here for a map showing the location of the various sculptures including the War Memorial located near Picken Hall. The groundbreaking ceremony for the Memorial Union at Fort Hays State University was held Feb. 12, 1957. The Union was dedicated to alumni and former students who died in combat in World War I, World War II and the Korean War. The Union cost $851,600, but no state funds were used. A re-dedication took place on Oct. 1, 1983, to include the nine FHSU students who lost their lives in the Vietnam Conflict.

The various war memorials on the campus honor the sacrifices made by FHSU students and faculty in the four main conflicts of the 20th century: World Wars I and II, the Korean War and the Vietnam Conflict. The Veterans Memorial between Sheridan Hall and Picken Hall was dedicated during Homecoming in 1998 as part of the university's pre-Centennial activities. Housed within its limestone panels are the remnants of the original World War I memorial, erected shortly after that war, from the same spot.

Dedicated on April 11, 1986, a flower garden and gravel patio in front of the Memorial Union -- itself a memorial to the university's war dead -- has a pillar to honor the nine FHSU students who lost their lives in Vietnam. Inside the Union is a large wall plaque that lists the names of those nine, plus the five killed in Korea, 56 in World War II and 12 in World War I.

Also, at the south side of the Union, tucked away in a niche of the building, is another memorial sculpture, dedicated to the students of Kent State University in Ohio and Jackson State University in Mississippi who were killed during protests of the Vietnam Conflict.