Through the decades, The University of Texas at Austin has had the privilege of teaching thousands of military members from our community — and felt the sadness of losing some of these brave men and women in combat. On Memorial Day, we remember and thank all the individuals who died in service of our country.
Although we often compete with other Texas universities for victory on the field, off field, we share the memory of those Texans who died in the line of service. On a day such as today, we come together.
In fact, the DKR Texas Memorial Stadium was built in 1924 as a dedication to all Texans who served in World War I. In 1977, the stadium was rededicated as a memorial to all who served in war.
Along the north walls of the stadium are plaques from schools across the Southwest Conference that lost students in WWI. Rice Institute (now Rice University), Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University, Baylor University, The University of Texas and The Agricultural & Mechanical College (now Texas A&M University) are all represented.
Next time you are visiting DKR, we encourage you to stop by these commemorative plaques to honor the students from Texas institutions “who gave their lives in defense of humanity.”