Towers, who was born in Rome in 1885, is considered a pioneer in naval aviation, partly for his service in both World Wars and his stint from 1939-1942 as head of the Bureau of Aeronautics. He died in 1955 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
The memorial is privately funded.
In preparation for the new addition, the city had to do a monument shuffle. The Spanish American War monument is now on the lawn of the Carnegie building next door, while the Robert Battey monument was moved to the Spanish American War Monument’s former spot to free up the space needed for the Towers project.