It's a scene that occurs 365 days a year, in stifling summer heat and cold wind of winter. Some visitors are in wheelchairs.  Others walk slowly, with canes or on the arm of a family member.  Most are accompanied by adult children or grandchildren-members of the next generations, who listen intently to stories of war and remembrance. 

Mr. Dole, who was severely injured by enemy fire in Italy during World War II, is using some new tactics, however. With lawmakers deadlocked on the memorial amid squabbles over its design, he is seeking to bypass Congress, where he served for 35 years, and build the project with private money.

Though Republicans in the House aren’t fond of the current Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission’s plan to honor the former president, heavy hitters from the GOP have hopped on board.

A cadre of political, military and celebrity heavyweights joined the advisory committee driving a private campaign to raise $150 million to build the long-delayed Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, D.C., officials said Wednesday.

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts and retired U.S. Sen. Robert Dole, both Kansas Republicans, revealed former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush would be on the committee striving to construct a memorial to the Kansan who became supreme Allied commander during World War II and was elected to two terms as U.S. president.

Who better than former Sen. Bob Dole to spearhead fundraising for a memorial to honor another World War II hero, former President Dwight Eisenhower?

Dole announced last week that he would launch a campaign to raise $150 million — in private funds, if necessary — to complete the Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, D.C. The design of the memorial has been a matter of controversy for more than 15 years and critics of the design have stalled efforts to obtain congressional approval of funding for the project.

Sen. Pat Roberts and former Sen. Bob Dole, both Kansas Republicans, announced the additions to the memorial's advisory committee Wednesday. The Bushes are being joined by former Secretary of State James Baker, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former Senate majority leaders Tom Daschle, Bill Frist, George Mitchell and Trent Lott.

The former longtime senator from Kansas and World War II veteran is the perfect man for this job. He intends to raise the money privately to get the long-debated Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial built in Washington.

Dole has been getting things done in Washington for decades. At this stage in his life, he doesn’t need to be leading the charge on this. But it’s important to him, and he’s tired of waiting for it to get done. 

“We look forward to his dynamic contributions to the effort to honor Ike,” said Senator Pat Roberts, the chairman of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission, in a statement. “His body of work includes acting, directing, producing and writing numerous films focused on World War II, including: ‘Saving Private Ryan'; ‘The Pacific; Band of Brothers'; and ‘The War.'”

Mr. Hanks said in the statement: “I am pleased to join the effort to remember their leader who went on to become one of our most prescient and wise of Presidents.”

Dole told The Associated Press on Friday that he aims to raise $150 million in private funds, if necessary, to build the memorial after more than 15 years of planning. Critics of the memorial's design have stalled funding in Congress.

The 92-year-old World War II veteran says it's time to honor "Ike," the 34th president and supreme Allied commander during World War II. Organizers hope to create "I Still Like Ike" clubs nationwide to support the memorial.

 The gift being announced Tuesday marks a critical phase for the Eisenhower Memorial after 15 years of planning. Organizers must determine whether they can raise the money needed to build the long-delayed monument. They hope to raise at least $20 million privately and build support in Congress for additional construction funding.

National Eisenhower Memorial Receives Million Dollar Donation From The Republic Of China(Taiwan)

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WASHINGTON, JULY 14, 2015: U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), Chairman of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission confirmed today that the National Eisenhower Memorial has received a pledge for a donation in the amount of $1 million from the Republic of China (Taiwan).