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In Memorial: Presidential Monuments Dedicated to Dwight Eisenhower

By    |   Wednesday, 13 May 2015 09:33 AM

Dwight D. Eisenhower was the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe during World War II before being elected president for two terms from 1953 to 1961. Statues and memorials honor his service that helped protect the world during perilous times. He was the only five-star general to become president.

Eisenhower was a graduate of the West Point Class of 1915. A statue at the United States Military Academy stands as a monument to the former Army general and 34th president of the U.S.

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The 9-foot-high stature stands on a red granite pedestal. It was designed by Robert L. Dean, Jr., a 1953 graduate of West Point. Dean used one of Eisenhower’s uniforms in making a wax model at his Pennsylvania home before casting the bronze statue in Italy. The statue was unveiled in 1983.

A towering figure of the general stands with the figure's hands on hips at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home in Abilene, Kansas, his hometown.

The library allows visitors to explore his boyhood home and visit the library, which contains historical records and papers, photographs, films, and artifacts. The Place of Meditation is a building made of limestone, glass and marble as a memorial near Eisenhower’s final resting place.

The state of Kansas presented a statue of Eisenhower to the National Statuary Hall Collection at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C. in 2003. The bronze statue was created by artist Jim Brothers. The National Statuary Hall Collection accepts statues from each state.

Worldwide admiration for Eisenhower led to the unveiling of General Eisenhower near the U.S. Embassy in London by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and U.S. Ambassador Charles Price in 1989.

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The memorial was a gift by the residents of Kansas City. The statue stands at Grosvenor Square where Eisenhower often worked as Commander in Chief of the Allied Forces during World War II.

Eisenhower is among the U.S. presidents honored by the City of Presidents launched in Rapid City, South Dakota. The bronze statue portrays Eisenhower as the Supreme Allied Commander and his figure stands over a map of the English Channel.

The figure has one foot on England and one foot on Normandy. The statue is part of a plan to install the statues of all U.S. presidents on downtown street corners throughout the city.

A prominent display on Eisenhower's accomplishments is planned with the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in a four-acre park at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The memorial was authorized by Congress and later approved for a revised design by the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts.

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