Resolution No. 97: National Eisenhower Memorial

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The American Legion
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RESOLVED, By The American Legion in National Convention assembled in Baltimore, Maryland, September 1, 2, 3, 2015, That The American Legion endorses and supports building the National Eisenhower Memorial...

THE AMERICAN LEGION Baltimore, Maryland
September 1, 2, 3, 2015

Resolution No. 97: National Eisenhower Memorial Origin: Convention Committee on Internal Affairs Submitted by: Convention Committee on Internal Affairs

WHEREAS, Former Supreme Commander Allied Expeditionary Force, former Supreme Allied Commander-Europe, and the 34th President of the United States Dwight D. Eisenhower deserves a prominent and permanent national memorial in Washington, D.C.; and

WHEREAS, General Eisenhower was a lifetime member of American Legion Post 39 in Abilene, Kansas, and besides being a veteran himself, he vigorously supported veterans, notably creating Veterans Day, and he supported programs such as The American Legion’s “Back to God” campaign; and

WHEREAS, In honor of his dedicated service to veterans, The American Legion awarded him its highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal in 1945; and

WHEREAS, Each day 492 World War II veterans who fought under General Eisenhower pass away, and there are only about 855,000 World War II veterans still alive, and these veterans want to, in their lifetimes, pay their respects to their fallen comrades and to the Commander who liberated Western Europe and protected democracy from the oppressive tyrannies of fascism, and to their Commander-in-Chief who waged peace during the Cold War and ended the Korean War, created the interstate highway system, launched our space program, advanced and defended civil rights; and

WHEREAS, The Eisenhower Memorial Commission was created by P.L. 106-79 by two World War II- decorated veterans and Legionnaires, the late Senators Ted Stevens of Alaska and Dan Inouye of Hawaii and is currently led by the enthusiastic dedication of decorated World War II veteran and Legionnaire, Senator Bob Dole; with the mission to complete a national memorial to honor Dwight Eisenhower to inspire future generations with his devotion to public service, leadership, integrity, life-long work ethic, and total devotion to the values and practices of democracy; and

WHEREAS, The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and the National Capital Planning Commission have given final approval to the design of the Eisenhower Memorial; and

WHEREAS, The American Legion’s policy on naming American Legion Posts is to obtain the approval of the family if a post is to be named after an individual and thus the same policy should be followed by obtaining the Eisenhower family approval of the design before Congress appropriates any money for this Memorial; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, By The American Legion in National Convention assembled in Baltimore, Maryland, September 1, 2, 3, 2015, That The American Legion endorses and supports building the National Eisenhower Memorial, if the design is acceptable to the Eisenhower family, as a lasting tribute to not only General and President Eisenhower, but also to the bravery and sacrifices of the troops who fought under him, and recommends that Congress take action in appropriating funding to begin construction so as to expedite the memorial’s completion by the goal date of 2019, the 75th anniversary of D-Day, and to ensure that our remaining World War II and Korean War veterans can visit the Memorial in their lifetimes; and, be it finally

RESOLVED, That the American Legion, the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, supports the use of government, corporate and private funds for design and construction of the Memorial on the National Mall which includes being maintained by the National Park Service as a National Monument and without any financial obligation on the part of The American Legion. 

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Thursday, September 3, 2015