Mizzou’s iconic Memorial Union, located at Hitt Street and University Avenue across from Lowry Mall, was erected beginning in 1920 in honor of the 117 MU students who died while serving in the Armed Forces during World War I. The original Gothic tower, with the names of fallen Mizzou World War I veterans etched in the archway, was competed in 1926. The university later added the north wing in 1952, A.P. Green Chapel in 1959 and the south wing in 1963. Before the construction of Brady Commons in 1963, the building served as the university’s only student union.

Memorial Union now houses the Veterans Center, the Disability Center and the International Center along with event spaces, study nooks and eateries. Every year during Veterans Week, Mizzou hosts a wreath-laying ceremony there in honor of Tigers veterans who have died in war.

July 4, 2016

July 4, 2016. Photo by Shane Epping.

The Union in the fall

The union in early fall. Photo by Shane Epping.

Memorial Union in a blizzard

Snowstorm, February 2013. Photo by Shane Epping.

After a rain shower.

Closeup of a flower with Memorial Union in the background.

From the viewpoint of an allium on Lowry Mall. Photo by Shane Epping.

Memorial Union glimpsed through trees and fog.

Foggy morning. Photo by Shane Epping.

Closeup of the front of the building, looking up.

A closeup of the facade. Photo by Shane Epping.

The union with lights around it.

Memorial Union at night. Photo by Shane Epping.

Tulips.

Tulips bloom near Memorial Union. Photo by Shane Epping.

Sunset over Memorial Union.

Sunset over Memorial Union. Photo by Shane Epping.

Wreath at Memorial Union

Veterans Week wreath-laying ceremony, November 2014. Photo by Shane Epping.

Man walking through Memorial Union archway/

Tigers who pass through the archway speak in hushed tones out of respect for the fallen soldiers Memorial Union honors. Photo by Rob Hill.

The Marching Mizzou trombone section marches in uniform past Memorial Union.

The Homecoming parade passes in front of the union in October 2013. Photo by Nicholas Benner.

Rainbow over Memorial Union.

A rainbow brightens campus after a rain shower in November 2014. Photo by Ryan Gavin.

Memorial Union in the snow.

Campus Facilities employees clear the steps under the Memorial Union archway after a snowstorm in February 2014. Photo by Shane Epping.

The union in the evening. Photo by Shane Epping.

ROTC students hold flags and stand at attention under the Memorial Union archway.

Veterans Week wreath-laying ceremony in November 2016. Photo by Shane Epping.