WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - He is Kansas' favorite son and being treated as such in our nation's capital. A Dwight D. Eisenhower memorial years in the making is officially under construction in Washington as of Thursday, showing off his military excellence, his presidency and his Kansas roots.
Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of Dwight D. Eisenhower, says after a lengthy debate, all relevant parties were able to come to a creative agreement for the memorial.
"I feel that there will be some real resonance here and I'm looking forward to seeing it all start," said Susan Eisenhower, Dwight's granddaughter.
Susan played a big role in the memorial process. She says it is never easy to build a memorial in Washington and it took a lot to please all sides interested in the memorial. She thinks the final product will perfectly honor her grandfather, including the depiction of a young "Ike" in Kansas.
"I hope it's going to inspire all the kids that age to know that they can make a great contribution to their nation as well," said Eisenhower.
Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) is Chairman of the Commission that made the memorial a reality. He says it means a lot to have a Kansan honored in this capacity.
"We still 'like Ike' because of who he was and what he was able to achieve. And we're very proud he was from Kansas," said Roberts.
Roberts says some private funds are still needed to complete the project, but he is confident the job will be done and send an everlasting message.
"Any youngster from a small town no matter what state were talking about, we say you too can dream big, you can be Like Ike. And we'll be in a better place," said Roberts.
The Eisenhower Memorial Commission chose a very special date to complete this project: May 8, 2020, the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.