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Catherine Ann Stevens Appointed by President Trump to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission — Husband Senator Ted Stevens Initiated Effort to Honor Eisenhower
Washington, November 4, 2019: Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), Chairman of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission, is pleased to welcome Catherine Ann Stevens to the Commission. President Donald Trump announced the appointment on November 1, 2019.
Senator Bob Dole Appointed by President Trump to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission
Dole Led Successful Campaign Raising Private Funds Advancing the Memorial’s Completion.
EMC Chairman in Normandy for D-Day 75th
GC Student Vets Now Part of Eisenhower Memorial History
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.
Eisenhower Memorial Commission Congratulates Senator Bob Dole on Congressional Gold Medal
Eisenhower Memorial Finance Co-Chair Bob Dole was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal at a ceremony held in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol on January 17, 2018.
THE NATIONAL DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER MEMORIAL
Dwight D. Eisenhower’s place in history was forever assured on June 6, 1944, when Allied soldiers, sailors, and airmen successfully executed his plans for the largest amphibious invasion in history, storming the beaches of Normandy, not as conquerors, but as crusaders of freedom to liberate Western Europe by destroying German military forces, achieved the following year with victory in World War II.
Honoring a general and a president: Looking toward the memorial to Dwight Eisenhower
As June 6 — the 73rd anniversary of D-Day — approaches, our nation gratefully remembers Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, our 34th president and the heroic military leader who brought World War II to an end, starting with the D-Day Invasion in Normandy, France on June 6, 1944.
​Eisenhower Memorial gets go-ahead funding to start construction
Buried in the omnibus budget bill Congress negotiated late into the night Sunday was a win for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial planned near the National Mall: $45 million in funding, the essential go-ahead to start work at the site.
Massive Eisenhower Memorial Could Break Ground as Early as September
Construction could begin as early as September on a proposed memorial for President Dwight D. Eisenhower that has been mired in controversy for almost 20 years.
Roy Rosenzeig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM): Eisenhower E-Memorial Teacher Resources
A single act or character trait may be instrumental in deciding an individual’s future path. In Dwight D. Eisenhower’s case, it was because of his perseverance in requesting a recommendation from his U.S. Senator – twice – that he received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Honoring Ike: Why the Eisenhower Memorial Matters
Bob Dole Leads Push to Complete Eisenhower Memorial With Private Funds
At age 92, Bob Dole is embarking on what he terms his final mission—an effort to rescue the controversial and long-delayed memorial to his World War II commander, Dwight Eisenhower.
BLANCHE L. LINCOLN: Our Responsibility, Eisenhower Deserves Memorial
When my dear friend, former Sen. Bob Dole, asked me to become a member of the Advisory Committee of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission, my first thought flashed to the statement that General Eisenhower had prepared for release if the Normandy invasion had failed.
Senate Heavy Hitters Join Eisenhower Memorial Efforts
Daschle, Dole and Lott will push to make the Ike memorial plan a reality.
George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush join Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial fundraising effort
Tom Hanks, Tom Brokaw chipping in to help raise funding for memorial
Editorial: Determined Dole
Former Sen. Bob Dole already has recruited an impressive group of heavy hitters to help him raise money to complete the Eisenhower Memorial.
Eisenhower memorial backers say enough is enough
[VIDEO INTERVIEW] CBS News reached out to the Eisenhower family about the latest developments, and the family had no comment.
Presidents Bush Join Eisenhower Memorial Fundraising Effort
Former Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush are joining a fundraising effort to build the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in Washington.
Ike Memorial: Dole is perfect to take charge to raise money privately for stalled project
Even at 92 years old, Bob Dole still wants to get things done. And he knows how.
Tom Hanks lends a hand to Eisenhower Memorial in Washington
The long-delayed effort to create a national memorial for President Dwight D. Eisenhower is receiving a major boost in Hollywood star power.
Tom Hanks Joins Panel Trying to Build Eisenhower Memorial
The proposed memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower got a boost of star power when the commission in charge of the project announced on Monday that the Hollywood heavyweight Tom Hanks would be joining its ranks.
Tom Hanks joins Eisenhower Memorial advisory council
Oscar Award-winning actor Tom Hanks has joined the effort to complete the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial, the memorial commission announced.
Resolution No. 97: National Eisenhower Memorial
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...
Bob Dole aims to raise millions to build Eisenhower Memorial in DC with help from Tom Hanks
WASHINGTON — Longtime Kansas Sen. Bob Dole is planning an ambitious fundraising effort to build the long-debated Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, and he will have help from Tom Hanks, Tom Brokaw and others.
Ed Perez joins the Eisenhower Memorial Commission Staff as Director of Federal Relations
Ed Perez has joined the Commission team as Director of Federal Relations.
Taiwan Pledges $1M to Help Build Eisenhower Memorial in DC
Taiwan is pledging $1 million to help build a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington as the project organizers begin a fundraising campaign to complete the monument.
Eisenhower’s Fitting Tribute
IT HAS been more than 15 years since Congress voted to build a memorial on the Mall honoring Dwight D. Eisenhower. That is a longer time than it took the five-star general to help win World War II and serve two terms as 34th president of the United States. The time is long past for the completion of this project, so we can only hope last week’s final design approval by a key federal agency leads to the start of construction.
A Battle Over Eisenhower in Washington
After a steady siege of Washington infighting and aesthetic backbiting, the plan to build a national memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th president and five-star military leader of World War II, has run into its toughest hurdle yet — growing congressional resistance to financing the project and even calls to “reset” the planning process from scratch.
Bob Dole: Ike's Final Battle
One of the greatest honors of my life was serving, as a young second lieutenant assigned to the 10th Mountain Division on the Italian front in 1945, under the leadership of a fellow Kansan, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Mamie Eisenhower First Spouse Gold Coins Available from U.S. Mint May 7
The United States Mint will open sales for the 2015 First Spouse Series One-Half Ounce Gold Coins – Mamie Eisenhower on May 7 at noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
City of Wichita, Kansas Supports the Eisenhower Memorial
Wichitans back resolution to complete National Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, DC.
Robert J. Dole: Ike is Deserving of National Memorial
Few people outside the great state of Kansas know that our state motto, “Ad astra per aspera,” is Latin for “to the stars through difficulties.” A fitting phrase. Most Kansans have forebearers who headed west in search of a better life, enduring hardship along the way. We Kansans cherish this heritage, and we are proud that our families saw their way through many difficulties as they made their way “to the stars.” One of Kansas’ greatest sons knew a lot about stars, and how to earn them.
Historic decision: 1957 still resonates at Central High
The new movie, Selma, and events in the aftermath of the controversial grand jury decision in Ferguson, Mo., late last year, remind us that the struggle for civil rights in America did not end with the 20th Century. The protests and unrest were a disturbing echo of the divisiveness and disruption caused by the court-ordered desegregation of Little Rock's Central High School in 1957.
Ike's Birthplace of Denison Supports the Eisenhower Memorial
Denisonians back resolution to complete Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, DC.
Eisenhower Memorial Needs Final Push
In our respective roles as chairman of the American Battle Monuments Commission and co-chairman of the fundraising effort, we spent several years working to ensure that the dream of a National World War II Memorial became a reality. This remarkable edifice on the National Mall honors the service and sacrifice of more than 16 million Americans who served in World War II, many of whom lost their lives defending the freedoms on which America was established.
Another Battle for Eisenhower
Dwight David Eisenhower, the 34th president and military legend who organized the Normandy invasion, might have been bemused in his grinning Kansas way at the bureaucratic retreats and aesthetic flak it has taken to win approval of an official Eisenhower memorial on a 4-acre site overlooking the Capitol. A crucial vote of approval Oct. 16 from the United States Commission of Fine Arts signaled a go-ahead for an overdue tribute first approved by Congress 15 years ago...
Frank Gehry: On a quest to humanise architecture
Filmed interview with Frank Gehry following the opening of his new museum in Paris - Foundation Louis Vuitton.
Building Ike’s memorial - It’s time to honor one of America’s greatest military heroes
In 2004, on a glorious spring day and with hundreds of thousands of World War II veterans and their families in attendance, I presented the World War II Memorial to President George W. Bush, who received it on behalf of the American people. As chairman of the American Battle Monuments Commission, it was my privilege to oversee the memorial’s creation from design through to construction. You might say I’m a veteran of Washington’s “memorial wars.”
Second government agency okays Ike Memorial
The Commission of Fine Arts on Thursday approved the concept of the revised Frank Gehry design for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial but asked the design team to return with more detail about the plan’s landscaping, statuary, pathways and lighting.
They Like Ike in 10-1 Vote
The National Capital Planning Commission gave preliminary design approval, 10-1, to architect Frank Gehry’s latest plan for a memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower Thursday, with a nudge toward more modifications.
Eisenhower Memorial Wins Key Design Approval in DC
The long-delayed effort to build a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower near the National Mall has won a key approval, despite ongoing objections to architect Frank Gehry's design.
Eisenhower Memorial clears key hurdle on Gehry design
A government planning agency granted preliminary approval Thursday to a smaller version of the controversial Frank Gehry design for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial.
Almost there, Ike
IT IS a perplexing rite of passage that the United States’ most cherished memorials must almost always endure public outcry in their infancy. Following the tradition that includes Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, the estimated $142 million tribute to Dwight D. Eisenhower has been bombarded with rhetorical chaff and calls to begin the 15-year planning process all over again.
New Report Takes Aim at Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial
Frank Gehry’s embattled design for the proposed Eisenhower Memorial got even more embattled this past week with the release of a a 58-page report drafted by the House Natural Resources Committee. New York Times reporter Robin Pogrebin, among several others, quickly parsed through the report's claims to paint a bleak picture of the design's future.
Ike's Boyhood Home of Abilene Supports the Commission's Design
The Commission of Fine Arts Hosts a Restrained Review of Eisenhower Memorial Revisions
Eisenhower Memorial Unchanged, Despite Objections
Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial Not Dead, Yet
It's Time to Finish Ike's Memorial
Ay, ay, Ike: Congress should end the lengthy debate and sign off on Eisenhower's memorial
WHEN IT comes to monuments on the Mall, controversy — writ large in marble and granite — has always been the name of the game.
Commission Returns to 2014 Kansas State Fair
Key Arts Panel Approves Eisenhower Memorial Design
A powerful commission overseeing civic art and architecture in the nation's capital voted Thursday to approve the general concept and layout of Frank Gehry's design for a national memorial honoring Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Eisenhower memorial passes another test: Commission of Fine Arts OKs design with suggestions for further tweaking
The commission charged with overseeing the planning and design of monuments in the District approved the general concept of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial on Thursday, but not before offering some suggestions for designers to consider as they work toward final approval.
Eagle editorial: Ike memorial overdue
It was encouraging to see the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts grant general approval Thursday to Frank Gehry’s design for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial.
Frank Gehry's letter to the Eisenhower Memorial Commissioners
Eisenhower Memorial planners launch new D-Day film online for 69th anniversary
WASHINGTON — Officials working to build a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington are launching a new short film online to mark the 69th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Europe during World War II.
Commission introduces education video promoting Eisenhower Memorial
After laying low for months, the Eisenhower Memorial Commission announced Thursday that it is launching the first element of its “E-Memorial,” an educational component that will complement the Frank ­Gehry-designed project. Carl Reddel, executive director of the commission, said the video material will be available online and through handheld devices at the physical memorial when it is built.
Scholars recommend usage of series of quotations at planned Eisenhower Memorial in DC
WASHINGTON — Three historians are recommending the usage of passages from key speeches by President Dwight D. Eisenhower — including his message to troops during the D-Day invasion — to help represent the 34th president in a planned memorial in the nation’s capital.
Roberts eager to move monumental project for Ike
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts is weary of the protracted battle over securing a memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington, D.C.
"Leader of the Eisenhower memorial effort discusses embattled plans in talk at Dole Institute"
A proposed memorial to Dwight Eisenhower would bring a bit of Kansas to the nation’s capital while celebrating the Abilene native’s remarkable success as a general and a president, the leader of the effort said Thursday in Lawrence.
Eisenhower Middle School marks 50th anniversary with generous donation to Eisenhower Memorial Commission
The Eisenhower Middle School, located in Oregon, Ohio, recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary by presenting a generous donation in support of the Eisenhower Memorial, which is to be built in Washington, D.C.
Memorials Are Awful. Long Live Memorials!
All monument designs have their haters. The controversy over the Eisenhower tribute will blow over, eventually.
"None of My Business -- Or Is It?"
At first I think the contretemps in today's New York Times over the $142 million memorial to Dwight Eisenhower is of no concern to me.
"Architects Respond to Incorrect Statements at Today's Eisenhower Memorial Hearing"
Press Release from The American Institute of Architects, March 19, 2013
Technology will bring history alive at Eisenhower Memorial
Designers behind the Eisenhower Memorial are using cutting-edge technology to help tell the story of a man known for keeping an eye on the future.
Students from Toledo Elementary School Raise Money for Memorial
Annual School Fundraising Effort Collects Donations for National Memorial.
America Still Likes Ike
George Washington won America's independence and then established the dignity and restraint of the presidency in a flamboyant, monarchical age. He has the most prominent monument in the capital.
I Like Ike (and His Memorial)
On Tuesday, the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands held a hearing on Frank Gehry’s controversial design for the Dwight D. Eisenhower memorial. National memorials are managed by the National Park Service, which is why the Congressional subcommittee involved itself, even though reviewing architectural design, as Representative Raúl M. Grijalva observed, involves “something well outside our purview.”
Ike's Memorial
SECOND-GUESSING the design of the nation’s memorials is as American as the iconic figures they honor. When the Lincoln Memorial was being planned, no less an authority than Frank Lloyd Wright called it the “most ridiculous, most asinine miscarriages of building material that ever happened.”
Ike Was Liked at State Fair
In case you missed it, this year’s Kansas State Fair featured a very special surprise guest: President Dwight David Eisenhower. The 34th president and former supreme allied commander welcomed visitors to the Eisenhower Memorial Commission’s award-winning booth at the fair.

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https://eisenhowermemorial.gov/sites/default/files/public/press/Eisenhower%20Family%20Announcement%20Package%209.19.16%20PDF.pdf
Senator Roberts Announces Support from the Eisenhower Family for the Project to Move Forward
https://eisenhowermemorial.gov/sites/default/files/public/press/Baker%20and%20Dodd%20Vice%20Chairs%20of%20Finance%2010.29.15%20PDF%20FINAL%5B1%5D.pdf
Former Secretary of State James A. Baker, III, and Former Senator Chris Dodd will Serve as Vice Chairs of Fundraising for National Eisenhower Memorial
https://eisenhowermemorial.gov/sites/default/files/public/press/VFW%20Pressrel%20FINAL.pdf
National Eisenhower Memorial is Endorsed by Veterans of Foreign Wars
https://eisenhowermemorial.gov/sites/default/files/public/press/Brokaw%20press%20release%20FINAL%207.22.2015.pdf
Tom Brokaw Joins Advisory Committee of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission
https://eisenhowermemorial.gov/sites/default/files/public/press/EMC%20Receives%20Million%20Dollar%20Donation%207.14.15.pdf
National Eisenhower Memorial Receives Million Dollar Donation From The Republic Of China(Taiwan)
https://eisenhowermemorial.gov/sites/default/files/public/press/NCPC%20comment%20FINAL%20PDF.pdf
National Capital Planning Commission Approves Design For Eisenhower Memorial
https://eisenhowermemorial.gov/sites/default/files/public/press/CFA%206.18.15%20FINAL.pdf
U.S. Commission of Fine Arts Gives Final Design Approval for the National Eisenhower Memorial
https://eisenhowermemorial.gov/sites/default/files/public/press/Texas%20State%20Legislature%20Resolution.pdf
Texas State Legislature Passes Resolution Supporting National Eisenhower Memorial
https://eisenhowermemorial.gov/sites/default/files/public/press/Schlapp%20Pressrel%20FINAL.pdf
Chairman of American Conservative Union Joins Advisory Committee of The Eisenhower Memorial Commission
https://eisenhowermemorial.gov/sites/default/files/public/press/141120_CFA%20Press%20Release.pdf
CFA Briefed on Eisenhower Memorial Design Elements and Materials
https://eisenhowermemorial.gov/sites/default/files/public/press/CFA%2010%2016%2014%20FINAL.pdf
Eisenhower Memorial Receives Revised Concept Approval from CFA
https://eisenhowermemorial.gov/sites/default/files/public/press/2014-09-30_CFA-Book.pdf
Eisenhower Memorial Design Submission for Oct 16 CFA Meeting
https://eisenhowermemorial.gov/sites/default/files/public/press/Reed%20Statement%20FINAL.pdf
Statement on Resignation of Former Commissioner Senator Jack Reed
https://eisenhowermemorial.gov/sites/default/files/public/press/Post%20NCPC%20statement%20FINAL.pdf
NCPC Grants Preliminary Design Approval for the Eisenhower Memorial by a Vote of 10 to 1
https://eisenhowermemorial.gov/sites/default/files/public/press/EMC%20Comments%20on%20House%20Interior%20Approps%20DRAFT%20Bill.pdf
Eisenhower Memorial Commission Comments On House Appropriations Draft Bill As Released On July 8, 2014