Veterans want an Ike memorial
While I was chairman of the American Battle Monuments Commission, I built the World War II Memorial. Our vision was to honor the Greatest Generation and create a gathering place for people to remember the sacrifices and victories of that great war.
The coverage of the June 6 ceremony at the memorial commemorating the 71st anniversary of D-Day made a critical point: There are still veterans of that war, and they flock to their memorial [“Looking back on D-Day,” Metro, June 7]. Their emotion and pride are palpable.
Members of the Greatest Generation want to honor one of their great leaders: Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Eisenhower Memorial soon will go before both the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and the National Capital Planning Commission for final approval.
Congress should adopt Ike’s decisiveness and fund the Eisenhower Memorial— while his troops can still pay their respects to a great leader who literally saved millions of lives and ended a war.
P.X. Kelley, Arlington The writer is co-chairman of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission Advisory Committee, a retired Marine general and the 28th commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps.