KU moves ‘Victory Eagle’ sculpture to Memorial Drive

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"The Victory Eagle" sculpture sits near Dyche Hall on the University of Kansas campus. The university will move the statue, which commemorates the end of World War I, to a new location on Memorial Drive closer to the other war memorials on campus.

Story updated at 2:03 p.m. Tuesday

A University of Kansas eagle has been on the move.

The World War I commemorative sculpture “The Victory Eagle,” previously displayed on Jayhawk Boulevard near the front of Dyche Hall, has been moved closer to other war memorials on campus, the university announced on Tuesday in a news release.

KU Chancellor Douglas Girod will rededicate “The Victory Eagle” sculpture at 1:30 p.m. May 20 in its new location on the east end of Memorial Drive, which was recently renovated. The event is free and open to the public.

Along with the Campanile bell tower, which is a World War II memorial, the university displays Korean War and Vietnam War memorials on Memorial Drive. Nearby, the university also has the David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, home of the KU football team, and the Kansas Union, both of which honor KU students who died in World War I.

The bronze eagle statue, which had been sitting in front of Dyche Hall since 1982, depicts a female bald eagle defending her nest. The sculpture was originally placed on the Douglas and Leavenworth county line in 1929 but was removed in 1980 because of vandalism. The sculpture was rededicated on KU’s campus two years later.

The KU sculpture is one of six eagle statues produced in the 1920s to be placed along “Victory Highway,” a planned roadway from New York to San Francisco that was meant to honor those who died in WWI, but the plan was never fully realized.

Correction: “The Victory Eagle” statue was already in its new location on Memorial Drive as of Tuesday.


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