WASHINGTON – Members of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission heard from Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran to discuss progress being made in the design of the Eisenhower National Memorial.
During the meeting, architect Frank O. Gehry presented an updated design of the Memorial to the Commission – which will now feature Eisenhower’s childhood home of Abilene more prominently. Sens. Roberts and Moran both serve as members of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission, whose mission is to establish a permanent memorial in Washington, D.C. to honor former General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
“I was pleased the Eisenhower Memorial Commission came to Capitol Hill to give us an update about their ongoing progress in honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower,” said Sen. Roberts. “I offered a motion of support on the progress toward the completion of this long-overdue memorial honoring his presidency, his leadership as Supreme Allied Commander, and his life that reflected traditional Kansas values.”
“Kansans are proud to call President Eisenhower one of our sons and the current memorial design demonstrates that he was proud to call Kansas home,” Sen. Moran said. “The new design will now feature Eisenhower’s home of Abilene as the backdrop for his story and will pay tribute to the role the community played in his upbringing. This memorial will serve as a fitting reminder that Americans from humble beginnings can do great things.”
Sen. Roberts has been a commissioner of this project since Congress first commissioned the memorial more than a decade ago. Sen. Moran was first appointed to serve on the Commission in 2000 and remained a member until 2010, while he represented Kansans in the House of Representatives. In April 2011, he was appointed to serve on the Commission as a member of the United States Senate.
Upon completion, the Eisenhower National Memorial will be the first presidential memorial of the 21st century, and only the seventh in U.S. history. It will be built on a four-acre site in Washington, D.C., between 4th and 6th streets SW, just off of The National Mall.
For more information on the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission, please visit www.eisenhowermemorial.org.