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.

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. 

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.

Ike's Birthplace Endorses Design for Eisenhower Memorial

FEBRUARY 19, 2015

 

The City Council of the City of Denison, Texas, recently voted to endorse

Frank Gehry’s design for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial and encourage construction of the memorial honoring the legacy of President Eisenhower, who was born in Denison in 1890. The resolution adopted earlier this week is part of the City of Denison’s celebration of President Eisenhower’s 125th Birthday which will occur in October of this year.

 

Eisenhower Memorial Commission Comments On House Appropriations Draft Bill As Released On July 8, 2014

 

 

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EISENHOWER MEMORIAL COMMISSION COMMENTS ON

HOUSE INTERIOR APPROPRIATIONS DRAFT BILL

AS RELEASED ON JULY 8, 2014

 

 

WASHINGTON, JULY 8, 2014

 

A multiple choice question: What is the status of Frank Gehry’s controversial, embattled design for the Eisenhower Memorial, in Washington? Is it: A) Alive and Kicking; B) Dead; C) Dying; or D) Stuck in Political and Bureaucratic Limbo?

On Wednesday evening, the Eisenhower Memorial Commission is hosting a public forum on which of Ike’s words should be included in the memorial planned for a site off the National Mall. The design of the planned memorial has been hotly debated.

Professor Louis Galambos of Johns Hopkins University, Professor Richard Striner of Washington College in Maryland and former Library of Congress historian Daun van Ee studied Eisenhower’s speeches to recommend six for the commission’s consideration. Two are from Eisenhower’s tenure as World War II general and four come from his presidency.