GC Student Vets Now Part of Eisenhower Memorial History

Article Author: 
Tommy Ellis, Project Coordinator, Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success
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Members of the local chapter of the Student Veterans of America (SVA) were recently updated about a new presidential memorial currently under construction in Washington, D. C. This update came from this area’s leading expert on the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Memorial, Professor Howard Day.

Mr. Day, a retired U.S. Army NCO and faculty member at Grayson College, is also the Official Texas Ambassador for the Eisenhower Memorial. He was guest presenter at the March 21, 2018 noon meeting of the SVA in the Veterans’ Hub and relayed “personal thanks” from the Eisenhower Commission to the GC veterans’ organization for their contribution to the $150 million project.

The local club’s recent fundraising allowed the group to be the first and only student veteran organization to make a contribution and become listed on the permanent “virtual donor” wall on the Memorial’s website. In fact, the Grayson College Student Veterans Association is the only contributor from the entire Grayson County area to make a donation.

Since President Eisenhower was born in Denison, the GC group of student veterans felt it their duty to raise funds and contribute to this rare and historical event honoring Grayson County’s most revered veteran. The West Point graduate who became the Supreme Allied Commander during World War II, General Eisenhower led the allied armies to victory and freedom for much of Europe.

Mr. Day explained the lengthy and difficult process that was years and years in the making of this well deserved and long overdue memorial, but it eventually had its groundbreaking in November of 2017. Details of this monumental undertaking can be found on the official website (www. EisenhowerMemorial.gov), and by accessing the live cam, one can monitor the actual construction progress.

The student veterans at this club meeting were surprised to learn that President Eisenhower was the driving force behind the Interstate Highway System that we all use and benefit from on a daily basis. Equally surprising, as Mr. Day pointed out, were the tactical and homeland security applications that this highway system affords. An interesting sidebar that Day also provided pertained to the location of the memorial: adjacent to the U. S. Dept. of Education, an agency that came into being under the leadership of then President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

News URL: 
http://www.grayson.edu/news/2018/April-Viking.pdf
News Date: 
Tuesday, April 17, 2018