In the 1924 session of the Virginia General Assembly, legislators approved an act creating a war memorial commission “for the purpose of erecting in the city of Richmond a memorial” to the men and women who served in the war. Extensive discussion centered around the design of the memorial, and it was eventually agreed that a carillon, or singing tower, would be constructed.
Once a decision had been reached concerning the form of the memorial, fund-raising efforts began in earnest. Wary of assuming too great a financial responsibility in the matter, members of the house and senate stipulated in the act that no appropriations would be made by the state until two conditions were met. First, private funds would be needed to purchase bells for the carillon, amounting to a sum of nearly $75,000. Second, provisions for the perpetual care of the memorial needed to be made by the City of Richmond or a private group or association. Both requirements were readily met, and construction of the carillon soon began on land in Byrd Park donated by the City of Richmond. Today, this memorial remains a constant reminder of the heroic efforts of those who served during World War I.