The Pylons above War Memorial Chapel hold a special place in Hokie hearts.

They are etched with the names of every Virginia Tech student and graduate who died defending our nation’s freedom, beginning with those lost during World War I. At the War Memorial’s center, the cenotaph displays the names of Virginia Tech’s seven Medal of Honor recipients.

A cadet stands at attention at the Pylons.
A cadet stands at attention at the Pylons.

Each name is added with a special Pylon Dedication Ceremony conducted by the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets. During the ceremony, the corps' regiment forms up on Drillfield Drive and on Alumni Mall, facing the War Memorial. The Gregory Guard, the corps' precision rifle drill team, performs a rifle salute, firing three volleys. The Color Guard presents the colors, the Highty-Tighties play, and a bugler performs "Echo Taps."

The Pylons evoke Virginia Tech’s core values. They are , from left to right, Brotherhood, Honor, Leadership, Sacrifice, Service, Loyalty, Duty, and Ut Prosim.

The following is the list of names etched on the Pylons: 

Abernethy Jr., J.H.1935Honor
Aigner, N.L.1939Honor
Albright, J.M.1942Honor
Alphin, M.H.1943Honor
Anderson, D.1945Honor
Anderson, H.C.1942Honor
Armstrong, M.J.1941Honor
Ayers Jr., E.P.1941Honor
Bailey, W.W.1935Honor
Baker, M.H.1938Honor
Balsley, W.J.1938Honor
Banta, J.H.1938Honor
Barger, H.T.1916Brotherhood
Barnes Jr., S.F.1939Honor
Barnes, W.E.1944Honor
Barns, W.T.1941Honor
Basham, M.L.1943Honor
Beamer, C.M.1938Honor
Beaumont, C.S.1968Honor
Becker, W.1946Honor
Belknap, E.A.1944Honor
Bell, O.L.1945Honor
Bent Jr., P.C.1946Honor
Berkeley, J.C.1912Brotherhood
Besley, C.E.1940Honor
Bevan, R.C.1934Honor
Blackmon, A.C.1944Honor
Blair Sr., C.E.1949Honor
Bodine, A.N.1935Honor
Bontecou, P.1942Honor
Boxley, J.W.1932Honor
Boyd, J.G.1941Honor
Bradley, F.L.1941Honor
Brantley, T.N.2001Ut Prosim
Brauer, S.C.1944Honor
Breedon Jr., A.P.1943Honor
Brinkley, W.R.1941Honor
Brooks Jr., V.A.1942Honor
Brooks, F.O.1951Brotherhood
Brown Jr., A.G.1947Honor
Brown Jr., G.E.1952Brotherhood
Brown, C.R.1940Honor
Brown, R.C.1943Brotherhood
Brown, W.P.1950Brotherhood
Buckles, R.L1964Honor
Burd, D.G.1967Honor
Burr, C.G.1935Honor
Butler, R.L.1915Brotherhood
Bywaters, W.B.1933Honor
Callahan, K.S.1943Honor
Cameron, A.B.1939Honor
Campbell, A.M.1943Honor
Carlier, J.R.1944Honor
Carlson, A.V.1921Brotherhood
Carter, E.C.1946Honor
Carter, H.M.1939Honor
Chapman Jr., C.H.1940Honor
Chapman Jr., H.P.1940Honor
Charles, R.G.1939Honor
Chiswell, T.H.1943Leadership
Clark, C.R.1944Leadership
Clary Jr., W.R.1946Leadership
Clemmer, J.F.1920Brotherhood
Clowers, J.G.2003Ut Prosim
Cobb, P.F.1966Honor
Cobbs, J.L.1953Brotherhood
Cochran, A.T.1945Brotherhood
Cohen, B.1936Leadership
Colvin, R.W.1942Leadership
Cone, R.M.1928Leadership
Conley, R.H.1946Leadership
Connell, J.A.1966Honor
Conner, H.W.1939Leadership
Conner, J.B.1922Brotherhood
Conradi, A.M.1939Leadership
Covey, D.G.1946Leadership
Covington, W.R.1946Leadership
Cox, J.A.1938Leadership
Cox, R.A.1943Leadership
Crabtree, R.A.1956Honor
Crawford, J.G.1928Leadership
Creekmur, T.C.1945Leadership
Crow Jr., R.J.H.1939Leadership
Cubberly, G.E.1932Leadership
Cudlipp, J.M.1912Brotherhood
Darden, A.S.1922Brotherhood
Davis Jr., B.F.1938Leadership
Davis, S.L.1945Leadership
Davis, W.B.1938Leadership
Davis, W.C.1944Leadership
Day, C.C.1941Leadership
Dean, W.L1944Leadership
Deitrick Jr., V.S.1933Brotherhood
Delp, C.D.1941Leadership
Deming, T.R.1941Leadership
DeModena, R.1946Leadership
Derflinger, J.R.1940Leadership
DeWitt, J.T.1939Leadership
Diggs, D.W.1944Leadership
Dillon, J.J.1945Leadership
Dinsmore, R.S.1945Leadership
Dodson Jr., N.O.1941Leadership
Dollins, R.W.1939Leadership
Dotson, B.F.1944Leadership
Dotson, R.S.1944Leadership
Downey, W.B.1941Leadership
Downing, J.H.1939Leadership
Drinkard, D.L.1951Brotherhood
Drinkard, P.B.1933Leadership
Duncan, G.A.1928Leadership
Duncan, P.H.1931Leadership
Dunham, B.J.1970Honor
Dunkelberger Jr., T.W.1943Leadership
East, H.B.1958Honor
Echols, E.W.1922Brotherhood
Eckhart, Z.R.2007Ut Prosim
Edmunds, R.C.1964Honor
Edney, L.N.1964Honor
Edwards, C.W.1941Leadership
Einstein, H.B.1927Leadership
Emory, C.R.1965Honor
Etheridge, W.E.1941Leadership
Evans Jr., J.R.1939Leadership
Fairbairn, S.H.1943Leadership
Faris, J.R.1932Sacrifice
Farrier Jr., K.H.1946Brotherhood
Farrow, N.H.1944Sacrifice
Fazel Jr., C.S.1943Sacrifice
Femoyer, R.E.1944Sacrifice
Fish, S.W.1945Sacrifice
Fitzgerald, W.F.1943Sacrifice
Fletcher, C.W.1951Brotherhood
France, J.W.1915Brotherhood
Frankfort, W.E.1944Sacrifice
Fry, A.D.1944Sacrifice
Gates Jr., L.A.1946Sacrifice
Gatling Jr., L.T.1936Sacrifice
George Jr., P.E.1946Sacrifice
Gibson Jr., J.N.1938Sacrifice
Giddings, A.H.1966Honor
Glover Jr., J.A.1945Sacrifice
Gordon Jr., J.S.1940Sacrifice
Gouldin, R.A.1933Sacrifice
Gray III, D.T.1965Honor
Green, J.D.1934Sacrifice
Gregory, J.A.1947Sacrifice
Greig, T.1936Sacrifice
Grettum, R.B.1939Sacrifice
Grinnan, D.T.1938Sacrifice
Grubb, H.E.1939Sacrifice
Hall Jr., E.G.1942Sacrifice
Hall, G.B.1938Sacrifice
Hamilton, W.I.K.1962Honor
Hammond Jr., L.1940Sacrifice
Hanmer, R.A.1942Sacrifice
Harley, G.W.1944Sacrifice
Harley, L.D.1961Honor
Harman Jr., W.D.1943Sacrifice
Harp Jr., C.N.1944Sacrifice
Harris Jr., J.J1944Sacrifice
Harris, C.R.1942Sacrifice
Harris, G.B.1943Sacrifice
Hartman, A.L.1936Sacrifice
Harverty Jr., P.H.1943Sacrifice
Harvey, A.R.1915Brotherhood
Haskett Jr., W.T.1942Brotherhood
Haskett, J.W.1936Sacrifice
Hatcher, H.F.1946Sacrifice
Hawkins Jr., L.R.1945Brotherhood
Hawks Jr., B.B.1941Service
Hayley, C.1944Sacrifice
Hearn, M.1940Sacrifice
Hearst Jr., E.H.1946Sacrifice
Henkel, E.D.1938Sacrifice
Henley, R.R.1943Sacrifice
Herman, R.1966Honor
Hickman, N.A.1918Brotherhood
Higgins, W.A.1945Brotherhood
Hill, J.E.1968Honor
Hill, W.E.1946Sacrifice
Hite, E.G.1933Brotherhood
Hodges III, T.A.1938Sacrifice
Holcomb, J.R.1945Sacrifice
Holland, L.G.S.1944Sacrifice
Hoover, F.F.1946Service
Hornett, M.A.1946Service
Howard, J.L.1945Service
Howell, T.H.1943Service
Hukill, M.E.1981Ut Prosim
Hummel, R.B.1937Service
Hunter Jr., R.1946Service
Hutcheson, R.P.1944Service
Hutchison Jr., E.B.1942Service
Ingles, J.T.1944Service
Irby, F.M.1941Service
Irving, E.J.1940Service
Jackson, P.A.1941Service
Jagiello, J.A.1946Brotherhood
Jenkins Jr., A.G.1942Service
Johnson, R.D.1963Honor
Jones, E.A.1943Service
Jones, G.W.1949Brotherhood
Jones, J.A.1915Brotherhood
Jones, W.K.1944Service
Jordan Jr, F.H.1938Service
Karr, J.P.1969Honor
Kaylor, J.J.2001Ut Prosim
Keck, J.B.1961Honor
Kelley Jr., J.J.1943Service
Kelly, J.R.1965Honor
Kelsch Jr., W.L.1932Service
Kelsey Jr., P.1941Service
Kelsey, R.V.1944Service
Kesterson, C.R.1958Honor
Kidd, R.O.1939Service
King, B.D.1944Service
King, J.S.1942Service
Koslow Jr., W.J.1943Service
Kreis, W.W.1937Service
Kringel Jr., P.F.1946Service
Lacy Jr., E.C.1940Service
Lake, M.1909Brotherhood
Lambert, C.B.1914Brotherhood
Lapham, H.1940Service
Larimer, C.H.1939Service
Layman, C.W.1947Service
Leap, C.H.1938Service
Lester Jr., H.C.1946Service
Linkous, C.E.1942Service
Linton Jr., H.G.1945Service
Love Jr., J.T.1940Service
Lowe Jr., J.A.1943Brotherhood
Lucas Jr., C.W.1945Service
Lutz Jr., F.E.1938Service
MacLeod, D.A.1948Brotherhood
Manns Jr., M.N.1990Ut Prosim
Manuel Jr., J.S.1968Honor
Marean, N.H.1937Service
Marsh, C.R.1945Service
Marsh, L.R.1938Service
Mason, N.C.2006Ut Prosim
Matthews Jr., L.P.1939Loyalty
McCahill, H.K.1941Service
McClanahan Jr., H.C.1948Brotherhood
McCray Jr., R.J.1943Service
McGhee, G.W.1970Honor
McKenzie, B.1944Service
McKesson, E.L.1941Service
McMakin, B.L.1935Service
McPhail, W.W.1942Service
Meeks, G.E.1940Loyalty
Meeks, S.H.1943Loyalty
Michael, A.F.1943Loyalty
Miller, E.P.1939Brotherhood
Mills Jr., C.P.1949Brotherhood
Minsker, H.C.1937Loyalty
Mitchell, D.S.2001Ut Prosim
Moffett, C.S.1939Loyalty
Montague, W.G.1943Loyalty
Monteith Jr., J.W.1941Loyalty
Moore, A.B.1916Brotherhood
Moore, A.M.1932Loyalty
Moore, H.M.1939Loyalty
Moore, S.B.1915Brotherhood
Moss, H.G.1946Loyalty
Munden Jr., H.G.1945Loyalty
Murphey Jr., D.W.1964Honor
Murray Jr., P.W.1946Loyalty
Murry, S.W.1916Brotherhood
Musgrove, R.R.1932Brotherhood
Myers, B.A.1939Loyalty
Myers, I.B.1946Loyalty
Nelson, J.C.1944Loyalty
Nelson, W.C.1947Loyalty
Nichols, H.A.1935Loyalty
Nickerson, F.G.1942Loyalty
Nunnally, R.W.1945Loyalty
Nyren, N.J.1995Ut Prosim
O'Connor, R.G.1938Loyalty
O'Keeffe, J.F.1943Loyalty
Oliver, W.R.1942Loyalty
Orchard Jr., G.H.1935Loyalty
Pace, C.A.1940Loyalty
Palm, T.A.1967Honor
Palmer Jr., N.F.1946Loyalty
Palmer Jr., P.C.1940Loyalty
Palmer, J.F.1940Brotherhood
Parr, J.L.1942Loyalty
Patton, W.P.1943Loyalty
Payne Jr., G.H.1945Loyalty
Pfohl, C.T.1944Loyalty
Phillips Jr., J.L.1931Loyalty
Phillips, E.L.1920Brotherhood
Pierce Jr., J.R.1942Loyalty
Pierpont, G.H.1940Loyalty
Pittard, G.1920brotherhood
Pittman, H.O.1946Loyalty
Plunkett, G.W.1966Honor
Pollard, A.C.1962Honor
Porterfield, A.R.1938Loyalty
Powell Jr., R.C.1936Loyalty
Prance, W.C.1939Loyalty
Preston, J.W.1947Loyalty
Price, T.E.2001Ut Prosim
Pruhs, R.L.1968Honor
Purdum III, L.W.1949Brotherhood
Quarles Jr., R.E.1946Loyalty
Quinn, E.T.1944Loyalty
Rainier, J.K.1935Loyalty
Ramsey, D.L.1943Loyalty
Raup, R.W.1941Loyalty
Reese, W.L.1945Loyalty
Renick Jr., D.C.1942Loyalty
Rennie, R.C.1946Duty
Reynolds, E.B.1941Duty
Riggle, L.R.1944Duty
Ritchie Jr., S.B.1941Duty
Robb, R.K.1945Duty
Roesler, H.S.1939Duty
Rubin, C.M.1941Duty
Rubincam, V.G.1940Duty
Rush Jr., H.S.1940Duty
Russell, R.D.1941Duty
Sanford Jr., R.L.1945Duty
Saunders Jr., W.D.1923Duty
Saunders, R.K.1946Duty
Saville Jr., H.L.1942Duty
Schenk, J.B.1940Duty
Schmidt, R.C.1945Duty
Schott, R.W.1944Duty
Shaner, V.C.1926Duty
Shannon, K.A.1961Honor
Sharitz Jr., T.J.B.1932Duty
Shea Jr., R.T.1948Brotherhood
Sheets, E.H.1946Duty
Sheffield Jr., C.E.1943Duty
Sheffler, L.W.1940Duty
Shipley, J.W.1936Duty
Shrader, H.A.1951Brotherhood
Shrik, F.K.1936Duty
Shure, I.I.1931Duty
Silcox, H.J.1941Duty
Simonson, C.W.1946Duty
Sisson, W.D.1940Duty
Skeen, J.M.1937Duty
Skelton, C.W.1944Duty
Slusher, J.D.1939Duty
Smith, R.W.1921Brotherhood
Spatz, S.S.1946Duty
Spearman, D.G.1961Honor
Spencer Jr., R.H.1941Duty
Stailey, J.T.1946Duty
Stainback, J.M.1941Brotherhood
Sullivan, J.J.1962Honor
Stanley Jr., R.I.1943Duty
Stephenson, C.M.1945Duty
Stone, G.E.1953Honor
Stone, W.L.1940Duty
Sutherland, B.C.1945Duty
Sutton Jr., L.C.1945Duty
Tarpley, C.B.1946Duty
Taylor Jr., J.S.1922Duty
Taylor, W.B.1940Duty
Tenney Jr., C.H.1946Duty
Terry Jr., G.W.1942Duty
Thomas Jr., W.H.1944Duty
Thomas, H.J.1941Duty
Thompson Jr., J.H.1943Ut Prosim
Thompson, S.N.1933Ut Prosim
Tichy, E.R.1945Ut Prosim
Tilden, W.T.1946Ut Prosim
Tillar III, D.P.1988Ut Prosim
Tirpak, J.A.1938Ut Prosim
Tomko, J.H.1943Ut Prosim
Trent Jr., G.L.1933Ut Prosim
Triplett III, P.J.1943Ut Prosim
Tullidge III, G.B.1945Ut Prosim
Unsworth Jr., J.S.1947Ut Prosim
Vaughan Jr., H.C.1943Ut Prosim
Vernon, O.R.1938Ut Prosim
Vick, E.R.1940Ut Prosim
Vogel, J.R.1946Ut Prosim
Walker, R.P.1935Ut Prosim
Ware Jr., R.B.1937Ut Prosim
Warriner, G.D.1941Ut Prosim
Warwick Jr., W.B.1949Brotherhood
Waterman Jr., J.M.1942Ut Prosim
Wayland, C.A.1922Brotherhood
Weaver Jr., W.S.1946Ut Prosim
Weaver, C.L.2002Ut Prosim
Weaver, E.M.1945Ut Prosim
Webb III, W.W.1964Honor
Webb, A.E.1922Brotherhood
Webb, J.L.1943Ut Prosim
Webb, T.W.1968Honor
Welch, W.C.1945Ut Prosim
Whaley, A.B.1946Ut Prosim
Wharton Jr., T.S.1945Ut Prosim
Wheeler, E.A.1942Ut Prosim
White, M.F.1961Honor
White, W.C.1938Ut Prosim
Whitley, C.V.1943Ut Prosim
Whitmore II, G.D.1968Honor
Widener, R.W.1936Ut Prosim
Wiegel, C.W.1919Brotherhood
Willey, B.M.1952Honor
Williams, B.N.1950Brotherhood
Williams, G.S.1938Ut Prosim
Williams, H.C.1909Brotherhood
Williams, J.G.1941Ut Prosim
Williams, J.P.1942Ut Prosim
Williams, L.W.1907Brotherhood
Wilson Jr., J.A.1950Brotherhood
Wilson, J.A.1939Ut Prosim
Wince, W.E.1942Ut Prosim
Wingfield, W.H.1944Ut Prosim
Winston, E.L.1942Ut Prosim
Witcher, V.B.1943Ut Prosim
Womack Jr., H.A.1943Ut Prosim
Wood, J.D.1935Ut Prosim
Wood, N.S.1939Ut Prosim
Woodelton, K.A.N.1943Ut Prosim
Woodson, L.F.1931Ut Prosim
Wooldridge, J.P.1944Ut Prosim
Worsham Jr., J.P.1942Ut Prosim
Wortman Jr., S.F.1940Ut Prosim
Yeates Jr., A.B.1936Ut Prosim
Yeatts, F.L.1931Ut Prosim
Yowell, R.W.1940Ut Prosim
Zimmerman, H.P.1947Ut Prosim