One of the members of the armed forces who will be remembered today is Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States and the Supreme Commander of the troops who undertook the Normandy Invasion on D-Day. He was a war hero whose leadership changed the course of history and his service will be memorialized with a monument in Washington, DC.
The tribute has been a long time in coming – the commission to begin work on the monument was appointed in 1999. They selected Frank Gehry as the architect – someone known for his non-traditional style (Guggenheim Museum, Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA) – and then faced long delays because his submissions were deemed as “controversial.” The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial park was to be dedicated on May 8 of this year, the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day), but the pandemic had other plans. I think Eisenhower had less trouble invading France!
Eisenhower could have rested on his military service laurels but continued to make a difference as president. He signed the Civil Rights act of 1957 and sent troops to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. He established NASA. His most lasting legacy may be the creation of the Interstate Highway System which opened up corridors for commerce across America.
Eisenhower may be among the more prominent military members who are remembered today, but all who gave the ultimate sacrifice are deserving of our appreciation and consideration. Be inspired by their perseverance, dedication and service and pledge to make your life worthy of their efforts.