LSU Military Museum Grand Opening, LSU ROTC Change of Command

April 13, 2022

BATON ROUGE – LSU paid tribute to its military heritage during two events on Thursday, April 7 – the grand opening of the William A. Brookshire LSU Military Museum in Memorial Tower and the LSU ROTC Change of Command and Joint ROTC Awards ceremonies. 

The grand opening took place at the LSU War Memorial on the Parade Ground with Gov. John Bel Edwards, LSU President William F. Tate IV and American Legion National Vice Commander Cory Bates.

"This is a foundational aspect of this university. We promise not to deviate from protecting the people," Tate said. "This exciting moment marks the reopening of an iconic part of our campus, Memorial Tower, and an opportunity to honor LSU’s rich military history, heritage and legacy today and for many years to come."

The ROTC events, part of the annual Presidents’ Day observance, begin earlier in the afternoon at the LSU War Memorial. The LSU Corps of Cadets includes the Army and Air Force ROTC units at LSU and the Naval ROTC unit at Southern University.

The William A. Brookshire LSU Military Museum is made possible through the generous philanthropic support of many LSU alumni and friends, including leadership gifts by the Brookshire Foundation and family, Tiger Athletic Foundation, Art E. Favre, the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation, Laura and Buddy Leach, Susan and Richard A. Lipsey, Ann and Clarence P. Cazalot Jr., Frank W. Harrison Jr., Kathy and Roy O. Martin III, and Lillian and Jimmy Maurin.