Congressman Asks For Delay In Eisenhower Memorial



Salon Staff
February 11, 2012 12:54AM (UTC)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Virginia congressman is asking a federal panel to reject a design for a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington, saying the World War II general's family's objects to it.

In a letter Friday to the National Capital Planning Commission, Rep. Frank Wolf said he is worried the approval process is being rushed and won't have public support.

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Last month, The Associated Press reported the Eisenhower family was asking the commission to delay final approval so the memorial could be redesigned.

Architect Frank Gehry has proposed a memorial park framed by large metal tapestries depicting Eisenhower's boyhood home in Kansas. Eisenhower as military hero and president would be represented in stone on a smaller scale.

The family says the design overemphasizes "Ike's" humble roots and neglects his accomplishments.


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