Vet­er­ans want an Ike me­mo­rial

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

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.

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