"The Rock" transcends iconic moments in US history

Published: Nov. 29, 2017 at 5:19 PM EST
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Historically, "The Rock" at the University of Tennessee has served as the voice of Vol Nation; and since the 60's, it's brought messages of love, support, controversy and change.

Students and The Daily Beacon on campus dubbed the beloved landmark as "The Rock" in 1966, but folks didn't paint on it until the 1980's.

Since then, it's carried the Vols through historic milestones.

Red, white and blue covered "The Rock" following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Students celebrated with graffiti after US forces killed Bin Laden.

In 2015, heat created a blank canvas. Years of paint slid right off.

One year later, the Center for Health Education and Wellness painted a memorial for Pat Summitt.

These days, it's been hard to keep up with Vol Nation has to say. The messages change almost daily, if not more.

From a whirlwind of potential football coach hires to lyrics of loyalty and tradition, it's displayed thousands of messages—proposals, birthday wishes and opinions—and transcended controversy, celebration and change through the ages.