WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - A memorial honoring our 34th President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, is moving ahead. After years of conversation surrounding the plans for the tribute, the Eisenhower Memorial Commission and the Eisenhower family have finally come to an agreement on the final design.
"Ike is what we call Kansas’ favorite son," said Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS).
That favorite son is finally getting a well-deserved memorial, thanks to Roberts and the Eisenhower Memorial Commission. After 16 years in the making, the final draft of the project is approved.
"We feel he’s one of the greatest Presidents and he’s certainly deserving of this memorial," said Roberts.
The family agreed to this design saying it appropriately displays Eisenhower's upbringing in Abilene, Kansas to his leadership in war and in peace.
"There will be a statue of him as a young lad and saying, ‘The proudest thing I can say is that I came from Abilene, Kansas,’" said Roberts.
The memorial will be built outside the National Air and Space Museum just off the National Mall. Roberts hopes to dedicate the memorial on the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, in 2019.
"World War II soldiers, men who fought with Ike, can certainly stand and salute their commanding General," said Roberts. "The key there is to do it quickly, because we’re losing (World War II Veterans) pretty fast."
Roberts says the memorial is for the men who fought with Eisenhower, and for younger generations who aspire to be like Ike, no matter where they’re from.
"Look what you can become," said Roberts. "You can be the Supreme Allied Commander that defeated Nazi Germany. In addition you can become President of the United States and provide eight years of peace and prosperity."