tv Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Dedication CSPAN September 20, 2020 4:49pm-6:22pm EDT
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>> thank you to the 177th fire waiting from the new jersey national guard for providing fire over coverage for this evening. to give tonight's invitation, we are pleased to have barry c. black. chaplain black serve in the u.s. navy and completed his distinguished military career as the chief of navy chaplains. barry black was elected to serve as the 62nd chaplain of the united states senate and has been in that role ever since. to open tonight's ceremony in prayer, here is chaplain
black. >> you may be seated. pray. light of lights, how is your name in all the earth? we marvel that you care about have crowned us with glory and honor. gratitude forour the life and legacy of president .wight david eisenhower who more than self his country loved and mercy more than life. you that his love for
freedom summoned our nation to hopes. our best thank you, mighty god, for his ability to plant seeds of confidence. helpedd bridges that ividedunity to a dvide nation and world. may this memorial dedication remind us of america's opportunity to continue to strive to create a more perfect roll where justice will down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. lord, give us the grace to love
what you command and to desire what you have promised. grant that guided by your light, we may reach the light that never fades. illuminedned -- that by your truth, we may reach your truth that is complete. bless this evening, food, fe llowship, reflections and inspiration, we pray in your sovereign name. amen. to recognize those who made this memorial possible in to acknowledge tonight's attendees, please welcome the vice chairman of the eisenhower memorial commission and the representative of the congressional district, mike thompson.
>> good evening. i am congressman mike thompson. -- and the chairman vice chairman. thank you for celebrating one of our country's greatest leaders. whether you are here in person or watching online, you are taking part in a unique tradition. this will be only the seventh residential memorial to be filled in washington dc. whiless passed a bill president bill clinton was in office. today, two decades later, we are gathered to dedicate this memorial and recognize a lifetime of public service.
memorial,ny, this would not be possible if it were not for the 12 member commission. let me recognize my colleagues on the commission who gave their time and energy to establish the d.ght d i memorial -- dwight memorial. joe mansion of west virginia. [applause] senator gary peters of michigan. senator dan sullivan of alaska. bishop ofn sanford georgia's second strict. congressman mike of idaho's second district.
thornberry ofc texas's 13th district. dole. kansas senator bob [applause] member alfred. commission member susan barnes harris. member kathryn stevens. thank you all for your leadership and your devotion to this magnificent project. i would like to acknowledge a few other people who are with us this evening. secretary david earnhardt. and betsy devos.
your respective departments all hold important pieces of president eisenhower's legacy. thank you for joining us to celebrate this occasion. thank you to secretary betsy devos and the education department, housed in the building directly behind me, for being such gracious neighbors throughout the construction process. thank you speaker nancy pelosi for taking part of this and for a reality.emorial we are grateful you are here and for all you have done over the years for this important project. would also like to think the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. general mark milley for being with us today. thank you general. recognizent to brigadier general robert, who is here representing the marine corps. michael, who is here
representing the one at a first airborne division thank you both for being here. to have thegrateful ambassador of the republic of and the deputy chief of with usfrom italy tonight. thank you for representing our beautiful -- your beautiful nations and the support you have shown for this memorial. i would also like to recognize thomas. he is the artist on the architect who created the incredible tapestry you see behind me. this one-of-a-kind piece iconic normandy
coastline in peacetime, which general eisenhower's troops invaded on d-day. and 450 at 80 feet high is not anothere tapestry like this anywhere in the world. ,n behalf of the commission thank you for your incredible work. [indiscernible] i also want to recognize the senior leadership from clark construction who are with us. randy, david and jerry. thank you for your dedication to completing this fantastic memorial. i also want to recognize alex and kayden eisenhower. president eisenhower's great-grandson and great, great grandchildren who are here representing the eisenhower family.
we also have the son of mary jean eisenhower and a great-grandson of the president as well. honored to have you on the special day. on this commission to memorialize a truly great american hero has been a tremendous honor. thank you very much. >> to make a special recognition. please welcome the host of full court press and voice of america's plug-in. >> good evening. if you think this weather is rough, just think of what it was like on the english channel back in 1944. likeweather is nothing what the members of our military did for us.
this is a great night tonight. we honor general eisenhower. doleure that senator bob would want me to mention the general's accomplishments. without his service this nation and the world would be a very different place. the general did not stop with a military career, which you will hear about tonight. many in world war ii when on to serve this nation in other capacities. he became president and president eisenhower did incredible things. just a few brief examples. , president eisenhower champion the formation of the interstate highway system. all.where that took us all across the great nation. in 1958 president eisenhower established nafta, this of -- nasa, the civilian space agency responsible for the space program.
look where it took us. to the moon. in 1954 when the u.s. supreme court struck down racial and oneion in schools district defied the laws, it was president eisenhower who sent in several troops to uphold the supreme court's decision fighting segregation. he led us through years of no war of fairness and prosperity. which brings me to another world war ii vet. robert dold. i will come to a personal story. this story does not go back to world war ii, that was before i was born, he goes back to april of 2004. the night before the opening of the world war ii memorial just down the street. i was doing a live show that night next to the memorial, celebrating the fact that the following day that memorial would be dedicated. i had the perfect guest that night. senator robert dole.
he is famous for not only being a member of congress and majority member from kansas, but he listened to early years of world war ii and is commissioned as a second lieutenant before shipping off to italy. ofle in italy, in april 1945, he was seriously wounded by german machine gun fire as he attempted to rescue a radio man during an assault on an enemy position. theas been reported that soldiers saw the extent of his injuries and thought that all they could do was to give him the largest dose of morphine and dared and right am -- m on his four head so no one would give him a fatal dose. this chances of living were swim desks slim, but he did not give up. in aent many years military hospital. for his military service to his
nation, to all of us, he was decorated three times, two purple hearts and the bronze star with valor for the attempt to assist a downed radioman. in 2019, i was horrified and in paris because as i was sitting there next to him, talking to him about the memorial of world war ii, i said to him, how did this come about? he said, world war ii lobbied congress -- veterans lobbied congress for the land and world war ii veterans raised the money. i'm horrified. our generation, which reaped all the benefits and sacrifices of general eisenhower had not raised the money for that monument, when we are the ones who own a great thanks to him and to everyone else who fought there. we know without general eisenhower, and all the others who served, this would be a very
different world. how noble they were fighting for idl's and not taking one square end,of land and in the rebuilding the nation's that were host to the war. my conversation did not stop with the world war ii memorial because i wanted to change the topic. when he told me the project was under way to build this memorial, it's something that he and the senator wanted to do. i thought, i need to be part of this in some way. and that's what brings all of us here tonight. to this dedication of this memorial to general eisenhower. tonight, speaking about general eisenhower is a great honor. and it's a great honor to be here to thank the current people serving in uniform. senator pat roberts, and they all helped us get here.
general eisenhower is a great inspiration. a great reminder to all america and to all the great things are nation has done, and all the great leaders who let us here. to senatorhanks roberts, senator dole, and anyone else who produce abated in this project so we could continue to remind ourselves of what we can do. here is senator dole. senator dole: i am sorry i cannot be with you this evening to honor a great american, dwight david eisenhower. .e was a wonderful man he was honest, he was sincere, he had an integrity, he was decisive, and he spent much of his time in world war ii trying to reconcile the interest of the british and the french and the
americans. but he did it with expertise. he kept everybody on board. because of his brilliant approach, we won world war ii and then eisenhower moved on and became a great american president. eight years of peace and prosperity. and he made many, many tough decisions. .o i am very proud i am really proud to call general eisenhower, president eisenhower, major eisenhower, whatever, my hero. [applause] ladies and gentlemen please welcome chief political correspondent for fox news.
>> good evening. wasn't it wonderful to hear from senator dole tonight? it's a true honor to be here. senator dole is a true american hero, public servant. is to cover the news across the u.s. and around the world. fan ofm also a huge general eisenhower. so much so i wrote a book about january:e days in dwight eisenhower's final mission." is thing i loved about ike what made him so beloved to generations like mine and younger who were not around during his era. how he was perfectly reflecting the american ideal. he was an ordinary man who answered the call to perform extraordinary duties. over,en when the war was he was humble about it.
he realized that his fame was earned, as he put it, in the blood of his followers and the sacrifices of his friends. call to serve once more as president. he was fully aware of the shortcomings. he was a soldier, not a political analyst or a politician. he was always trusted and he always trusted the american people to be smaller -- smarter, even then their leaders. his own personal code was to associate with and learn from people who knew more than he did. throughout his life eisenhower maintained the manner of the scrappy kid from kansas, and you see that in this memorial. he knew that what made america superior 80t in with our weapon system or the dominance of our economy. as he liked to say, what counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.
this is a really special event. we are sorry it's raining, but it does not take away from this moment. i know i could speak on behalf of the commission and save his ceremony would not be the same if it were not for all of you here tonight and all that you've done. whether you are here in person or watching on c-span, or streaming online. thank you for coming, thank you for watching and recognizing america's supreme commander during world war ii and the 34th president. one quick reminder, for everyone to keep social distancing, health and safety. we do ask the attendees to practice that and keep their masks on during the event when you are not eating or drinking. our next speaker is a world-renowned architect. whose works include the guggenheim museum in spain. the walt disney concert hall in los angeles.
the art gallery of ontario in toronto, and many other prestigious buildings around the world. in 1957 he completed his first professional design, his own california, which he worked on as an apprentice. most recent is this, the dwight d. eisenhower memorial. his first design for a public project. unfortunately he was unable to join us tonight in person, but he did provide a recorded greeting. so please welcome frank gehry. [video clip] >> what a day today. i am so greatly honored to be part of this effort to memorialize to idea out -- dwight d. eisenhower in washington, d.c. to prepare for this fermentable studied everything, i read everything that i could find on his accomplishments.
they were vast. what a legacy. at first glance the site did not seem great. surrounded by traffic and office , but that was it. and with the help of many, starting with words of and relentless support of members of the eisenhower memorial commission, led by the senator pat roberts, we got it done. there were sensitivities expressed by many, including the eisenhower family. we listened and the result is better. for my life, this is one of my proudest moments, and i regret
that i cannot be there to enjoy this with you. [end of video clip] >> directed by colonel jason fatigue, these welcome the president's own united states marine band and their rendition of song of the marching man. an arrangement performed by the band at both the 1953 and 1957 in operations for president -- inauguration's for president eisenhower. ♪
[applause] own marine band sounds good in any weather. tonight event literally would not be possible without our next speaker. u.s. senator pat roberts is a native kansan and had been with the eisenhower memorial commission since its inception in 2001. as the senior u.s. senator of ike's home state, it is only's -- only fitting that senator roberts help with building a memorial to help with one -- honor one of kansas favorite sons. when he took on the role of chairman in 2015.
throughout his life the senator has devoted himself to the citizens of kansans. and has been a congressional leader in the sectors of agriculture, health care, and defense. the most importantly, senator ,oberts is a man of character and that is best shown through his ability to balance his lifelong career as a public servant, along with a steady devotion to his family. together, he and his wife of over 50 years, who has joined us tonight, have three children and seven grandchildren. we are grateful for his service to our country for his leadership with the eisenhower commission, and for being here to speak with us tonight, live, rain or no rain. i present to you, senator pat roberts. [applause]
sen. roberts: thank you. as an eisenhower author yourself, i know that you share our into the oven for his legacy and we appreciate you so much. this is d-day. the 101st, ok, let's go, so here we go. greetings to all of our guests here tonight, and to those of , now we wish we could all be together in person to celebrate the completion of this magnificent memorial. however, the legacy of dwight d. eisenhower cannot be constrained by the size of the crowd because it is reflected in the freedoms that we live every day in america. the memorial designer and his partners are unfortunately not
able to join us tonight. but if the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that you don't have to be in the same place together. know your team is watching the brilliance of this will reverberate around the world and lift the legacy of dwight d. eisenhower ton ending mobile audiences. tonight, as we dedicate this memorial we stand on this -- shoulders -- shoulders of giants made it possible. my favorite, senator lisa murkowski, who kept the full effort alive through her great support. rate, we could not have done this without you, lisa, and i appreciate it. i want to thank my fellow commissioners. who allowed us to conduct our way,ess and a bipartisan
in an image of the man that we honor tonight. i want to thank one commissioner , and he has already been thanked, and that is bob dole. a man who fought bravely on the battlefields of italy under ike's command, although gravely backed, he fought his way to both health and strength and had a wonderful career in the united states senate. he apply that same tenacity on behalf of this memorial. because of his tireless efforts, the remaining heroes of the greatest generation can now come here and finally salute their commanding officer. not bes to say, we would here today without the guiding influence of the eisenhower men. i would like to recognize david eisenhower and his wife julie nixon eisenhower were with us tonight. please stand. i cannot see you, but hopefully
others will. and thank you for coming. david is a renowned author in his own right. , susan, mary jane. input, we your valued have a fitting memorial to your beloved grandfather. now, we persevered, then we persevered, and then we persevered, and then we got it right. thank you to the eisenhower family. i want to thank our donors, some of whom are here tonight, because of you this memorial is complete. donations come in all sizes and we are grateful for every one of them. to extend a special recognition for one donor in particular. the teacher at the elementary school in ohio. the elementary
school classes pitched in their quarters, nickels, dimes and pennies and sent them to washington so they could support this memorial tonight. so we can you stand thank you for teaching young americans the importance of giving back to their community and their country, as well as their heritage. thank you. [applause] as a senator i say you're only good as your staff. stafftire commission these two. by heartfeltve our thanks and appreciation for their unwavering focus on building this memorial. shannon, chris, we thank you. and from my own staff, i am
going to take a little. there are two women in particular i would like to thank, one of whom has been with me and worked with me during the long years and preserving the opportunity at this memorial. to theot easy going house and going in on one knee being a senator. secretly inr chairs bringing this together. thank you for your creative thinking, your loyalty and your diligence. gentlemen, i have just been told, right now, that we have a message coming from cyberspace. right now i direct your attention to the monitors, please. [video clip] good evening senator roberts and honored tests. i am commander of the international space station, only 260 miles above earth.
to join you in celebrating the memorial dedication of our nations 34th president, dwight d. eisenhower. under president eisenhower's leadership america created nasa, which brought our country to the forefront of space exploration. president eisenhower understood what nasa could do for america as he provided the vision for the amazing things we do in human and robotic exploration today, which benefits all humankind on earth. onsident eisenhower's voice the first broadcast in space was the beginning of what is now part of our day-to-day life as we approach the 20th anniversary event permanent human presence right here on the international space station. senator roberts, i congratulate the eisenhower memorial commission and his dedication as a lasting tribute to a great american hero, a patriot and a president. all the best to you from us on the international space station, take care. [applause]
sen. roberts: thank you chris cassidy and the team at nasa for making up possible. another eisenhower achievement. dedicationpandemic, was to be on may 8. the 75th anniversary. certainly in anniversary with worldwide significance. 17, is intember anniversary of truly american origins. 1787, afterin debate and compromise, our constitution was finally sign in philadelphia. later it became known as citizenship day. might want to try that again. what would ike's message about citizenship be to us now? duty before country was eisenhower's creed. in his reflections, on the first day at west point he said, when
we raise our right hands and repeat the official oath, a feeling came over me that the expression of united states of america when now mean something different than it ever had before. from here on it would be the nation i would be serving. eisenhower saw the promise that america holds for everyone, and reciprocal responsibility to serve the country to offer so much. as he said in his first inaugural address, it is the firm duty of each of our free citizens to place the cause of this country before the comfort and convenience of himself. putting his country before things inant many eisenhower's life. it meant moving from place to place, often to other countries. it meant leaving his family behind. it meant bearing the
responsibility to send hundreds of thousands of sailors, .oldiers and airmen it meant sacrifice as we see reflected in the soldiers of the 101st airborne as they listened to their commander on the eve of d-day. ok, let's go. in this memorial we see the coming-of-age of eisenhower and america, embodied in the dreams of a young man. abileneeisenhower left at 20 to go to west point, a later selected to be the supreme allied commander during world war ii. and then president of the united states. transitioning from humble beginnings the global leadership and ike led the way. legacy of that can be seen of normandy and
peace. a similar to sacrifice made their to liberate europe and secure freedom from not see naziny -- not the -- germany. memorials act as historical touch tones. the are the intersection of memories in history. they are meant to inspire contemplation and reflection. -- reflection about events and people. like eisenhower, who shaped our history. i hope this memorial not only makes us more aware of eisenhower's accomplishments, and where we would be as a without him,rld without his vision and leadership, but even more , i hope it causes us to reflect on where we are today and what we are as individuals and a society, and what we can
do to change the course of the nation as a world. it is incumbent upon us to learn from the past of those principles to our circumstances today to build on the finality -- foundation eisenhower desperately fought to protect and secure. this memorial teaches us that through all of the darkness there is light. and this memorial comes at exactly the right time to provide some light in our troubling times. as we look to the entrance of , i am pointing. we see the hopes of all young and we see that teenage boy from the small town of kansas looking back at us. and we see the hopes of all young men and women as they imagine their future and reminder that we still have within us our own dreams and liberty and freedom to make it
possible for us to find our way to pursue those hopes and dreams that seize the opportunity before us. eisenhower understood that in a country where destiny is determined not by one's position at birth, but rather strengthen character, and determination of spirit, that dreams do come true. eisenhower us to -- understood one's personal abilities and to change the course of the world. , the storyan story of a young boy from abilene is celebrated at the entrance of this memorial. me, for me, as a small-town ,ansas boy, i never dreamed never dreamed i would when they dedicate a memorial to kansas's favorite son, dwight david eisenhower. it is with wonder in my heart that i stand here near the
statues of eisenhower as general , and also with the us, ing cliffs behind marvel at the lessons that he left us. life in a small town is not easy, but the rewards come from a community of people who know your name, we know your parents name and your teachers name. runs onall down a few the ladder of success, somebody is there to help you climb back. other's victories and stood beside each other in our moments of defeat. dwight d.did eisenhower declare the proudest thing that i can claim is that i am from abilene. back tong, i take you the moment just before eisenhower began his first inaugural address.
crowd for the privilege of offering a prayer of his own. i shared some of that with you now. god, give us, we pray, the power to discern right from wrong, and allow all of our words and actions to be governed thereby. laws of this land, especially we pray that our concerns shall be for all people, regardless of race. may cooperation be permitted and be the mutual aim of those under the concepts of our constitution holds a different political face so that we all may work for the good of our beloved country. amen. maybe united states of america means something more to each of of eisenhower's legacy and our reflections at
this memorial. thank you. [applause] announcer: please welcome former secretary of state and national security advisor condoleezza rice. .> hello i am so grateful to have this , evenunity to participate if virtually, and the long overdue establishment of a memorial to our 34th president, dwight d. eisenhower. to my good friend senator pat roberts, thank you for your leadership in bringing us to this day. and to my friend susan and the entire eisenhower family, thank you for allowing me to participate. eisenhower was president of the united states when i was born. remember manyally of the events of his presidency, but i have always had a real sense of connection to him, and
not just by the accident of the timing of my birth and his tenure.-- as a young girl growing up in birmingham, alabama, he was a hero to those, who like my parents and their friends, sought and desired so much just to be treated as first-class citizens in america. they sought justice and they saw in president eisenhower a leader who sought justice as well. my father cast his first vote as a republican or dwight d. eisenhower. and he did so with pride and i can remember that he thought president eisenhower and it -- president eisenhower would make a difference, and make a difference he did. perhaps none of us will ever forget that it was president eisenhower that protected young black children as they tried finally to deliver on the supreme court decision of brown
versus the board of education and to integrate segregated schools in little rock, arkansas. that was an act befitting a leader. dwight d. eisenhower was a leader. and then of course, the civil 1957, which would create a u.s. commission on civil rights and the civil rights division of the justice department, and ultimately it would lay the groundwork for the landmark civil rights legislation of 1964 and 1965. as a student and practitioner of international politics, i also felt a connection to president eisenhower, who stood as a giant , the last general to serve as our president. i always believe that he ended the korean war because it was the right thing to do. soldier he knew the cost of war. better than most civilians could
ever. and yet he knew that it was not just a matter of ending war, it was a matter of establishing a just peace throughout the world, and therefore, his administration's national security strategy, which would really, throughout the global war until its end, guide its policy as facing down the threat of communism in europe and in asia. had the opportunity as a young staff member in the national security council in 1989 to 1991 to be a part of the team that finally got to deliver on that promise. the liberation of eastern europe, the liberation of germany and the collapse of the soviet union. i always try to take a minute to remember truman and eisenhower, and all of those who made it possible. and then of course, in the middle east.
president eisenhower would become associated with the eisenhower doctrine, which fought to allow america to become a begin and a shield for those facing aggression in the middle east. i was also attracted to this president because he was a public servant. in fact, the quintessential public servant. like a general more than a century and a half before him, george washington. president eisenhower did not seek political life, it sought him. was a time when our country was emerging onto the world stage as a dominant force for peace, prosperity and freedom. dangers wereen new arising in europe, asia and the middle east. he led us in the alliances we built. he was the first supreme allied commander to except those responsibilities with strength
and with will, but also with our value solidly at the center of what we did. at this point i would be remiss if i did not mention one other connection to president eisenhower. he loved that infuriated, frustrating game called gulf, and so do -- golf, and so do i. with civil strife, economic and health challenges, questions about who we are and who we want to be, we would do well to remember the legacy of eisenhower. not just for what he did, but for who he was. call to service and he served with humility, integrity and love of country. he knew that democracy is not a spectator sport. and though politics was not his chosen profession, he answered the call and made america better as a result. that is what we commemorate today. the soldier statesman who would
lead the alliance to wartime victory and help to save civilization, and then return home to lead his country and the free world through the challenges and opportunities that that victory afforded. and he would seek to right the wrongs that confronted and oppressed lack citizens as well. he wass believed that motivated in part by having watched the service of black soldiers who were willing to pay the measure in love of america, even when america did not love them. and so he honored them, and those like them. he knew that america would not be fully free until all of its people were fully free. thank you for allowing me to reflect on the legacy of dwight d. eisenhower. many will come to visit the splendid place, they will be
inspired and hopefully they will be led to play a part, a personal part in sustaining our country and making it better. said,ent eisenhower once we must be willing, individually and as a nation to accept whatever sacrifices may be required of us. people that value such privileges above its principles will soon lift up. those are words to live by today as we face the many difficult, difficult challenges here in america. let us remember that democracy is something that we all have to own. democracy is something that does not work unless every citizen is involved. and in doing so, let's remember the legacy and the example of dwight d. eisenhower, who called to serve, did so with splendid
results for our country. you, god bless the memory of dwight d. eisenhower, and may god continue to bless the united states of america. thank you. [end of video clip] [applause] former secretary of state, national security advisor condoleezza rice. here tonight, as mentioned by senator roberts, is president eisenhower's grandson, david eisenhower. professor,thor, a and someone after my own heart, a television host. please welcome david eisenhower. david: thank you and congratulations on the book that you book about dwight eisenhower, a very good book.
distinguished guests and speakers, congressman thompson has identified members of my family who are here tonight. my son alex, my sister mary's son. we have grandchildren here. we are advised that my daughters are looking into my. their children, my sisters, their children, three generations of eisenhower's in total. on behalf of three generations of the eisenhower family, i wish to say that this is a wonderful and long-awaited evening. the program calls on me to tell family stories. since it's raining, and a number of speakers up drawn attention to that, i will to you our very favorite family story. -- june, 1954. dr. milton eisenhower is president of penn state. white eisenhower, his president -- his brother is president of the united states and is
scheduled to deliver a commencement. penn state is a very large university. .his is an out -- outdoor event with thousands gathering, this is threatened by rain. you can picture the scene of worry and the presidents house as milton is on the phone and he is in the living room. but as the story goes, at one point eisenhower remarks, 1944, isince june 6, have never worried about the rain. such was the life that dwight eisenhower led. andxperienced acute worries a life of bold decisions, bravery and achievements in his service of the country. my earliest memory of the world seed of tunneled into a the command planed of 1951. ike distinctly remember granddad
boarding the plane in his army uniform. i remember the energy surrounding him. not once did i doubt his great mix -- greatness. knowing his mind and spirit, his generosity, fairness and courage . i will also speak as a former commissioner. i am a member of the original commission that gathered 20 years ago. in the 20 year effort to complete the eisenhower memorial we have seen that national .emorials to notches come about we have learned in the process that there will always be differing opinions and controversy. and we have seen that success depends on dedicated individuals possessed of energy, single-mindedness and vision. such a person was our original commission chairman. tonight we were members senators ted stevens and daniel. to early commissioners who would
not settle for anything less than a great national memorial. and senator stevens wife, catherine, is with us tonight. she is a commissioner and i say congratulations to her. i offer congratulations to susan harris. board members throughout this process, and our deepest appreciation to the congressman who also served. carl.ute general without whom there would be no memorial. and it is fitting that senator and chairman pat roberts is giving a keynote tonight. tois uniquely qualified honored to write eisenhower. he guided this memorial across the finish line. and a very special thank you to dole, hero, senator bob who hails from dwight eisenhower's beloved kansas. thank you for the boost you provided as a commissioner.
i would like to say congratulations to my sisters, anne, mary and susan. ry would not and ma be mad if i let emphasis to susan. role inyed a major organizing support and sponsorship for this memorial. and congratulations to architect frank, who throughout this process, held fast to the fundamentals of his design concept, joe was first privileged to see in 2007. for instance, i believe that a key message conveyed by the memorial is embodied in the statute of young dwight eisenhower, a feature of the earliest of science. my feeling about that statute were confirmed at the groundbreaking ceremony in 2017.
when i found myself in conversation with a former student of mine, now a very prominent pollster. he said to me that he felt emotional about the memorial project because of that statue. that thed out eisenhower memorial in be a rare place in washington, d.c., with young people visiting the says, that's me, or that's my classmate, that is someone like me. such people would then look beyond that statue to the panorama of dwight eisenhower in america's accomplishments in peace. they would think the americans can do things like that. as we all know, the question of memorialization has become an issue over the last several years. a truth has emerged in the discussions, that memorials indeed preserve history, and they also do and must reflect our values.
end, the test of a memorial is timelessness. and timelessness is something i believe has been achieved by this memorial. i think all of us tonight can hope and pray that a time will never come when americans do not cherish the values depict did heretoday -- depicted today. when americans do not cherish the stories presented here of america. thank you very much. us -- [applause] after their successful performance in america's got talent, voices of service has used our platform to raise awareness of the healing power of music for servicemen and women were coping with post-traumatic stress and other wounds of war.
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please welcome susan eisenhower. senator pat roberts, chairman of the memorial commission, eisenhower memorial commission, members and distinguished guests. it's a great pleasure for me to be with you here tonight, albeit virtually, to add my voice to the many others in expressing my gratitude for all of those who made this possible. it is with a heavy heart that i am unable to be with you tonight. coronavirus has upset so many plants across america, and so many things that we all wanted to be able to participate in and be present for. unfortunately, so many members of my family were unable to be with you tonight. my siblings and i feel a deep sadness that it was not possible that we could be together. case, because of coronavirus regulations and other factors, we are with you in spirit.
i want to make special note of the people who played such a key role, and there are many more. i want to thank senator pat roberts for his extraordinary leadership. i want to thank robert dole for his never ending help in assuring that the eisenhower memorial be built. to think frank van coughed. there were so many others, including the eisenhower memorial commission, and the staff, as well as appropriators who we work with closely. i also want to make special mention of the many, many donors across our country who contributed their private funds to see this become a reality. to take thist opportunity to stand back and think about the progress that was made on this memorial. much has been written and discussed in the press about early controversies on this design. but they are missing a much larger point.
it is extraordinary to me that people of goodwill were able to come together and talk about their differences and their various ideas for making this memorial a strong and meaningful note to dwight eisenhower's wartime presidential leadership. i think this memorial also stands as a symbol of compromise and progress. ,or that i have to thank personally, secretary james baker, who played such a key role and an important part in this trajectory. making sure we had a concept that was big enough that would serve the purposes of history. thoughtsese areas coming together made this memorial bigger, more meaningful and more monumental, and i am so deeply grateful for that. it was secretary baker's idea to make the backdrop the beaches of normandy in peace time. think of the wonderful significance of that. not only victory in europe, but
winning peace after the war. i hope many of you will have a chance to visit normandy yourself to see when the iconic spot -- what an iconic spot it truly is. for the last two and a half years i have been working on a book. it was released about a month ago. in any case, i studied my grandfather's presidential backr, and also dipped into his wartime leadership that informed so much of his presidency. i was astonished to see how many things i did not know, but also to see this enormous alliance andeen the person i knew, the person who is depicted in the history books. humanimpressed by his nature, belief in the country and serving the constitution of the united states. he always put his own personal interest aside. and as a strategic leader, he led as a human being on tough-minded determination to
bring victory in europe, and to bring our country together during a tumultuous time in our history. but he led with his head and he also led with his heart. he was trusted by the american people and his presidential conserved all segments of american society. during advanced technological change. this is a wonderful space. i am thrilled about the memorial itself. that depicts normandy and then extraordinary opportunity not just to reflect but also to come and gather with friends. bring a sandwich and go to the museum is my idea of a great day
and in closing, none of this would have been possible without the creativity and the patient's of our designer. he conceived of this remarkable tribute to dwight eisenhower and his design is enhanced the thaty not only by has not only been done before statues.by the moving let me think everyone for their willingness to compromise, their vision of leave future generations about dwight eisenhower and the community we are all part of. with many thanks, good night. ladies and gentlemen, susan
eisenhower, this memorial speaks for itself. i have to put in a plug for the eisenhower presidential library using him and boyhood home in abilene, kansas. if you ever get the chance, take it. i have been there probably eight times. doing, this memorial is beautiful tonight. the moment has come that this time, i would like to ask the eisenhower memorial commissions along with david eisenhower, interior secretary david bernhardt to come up to the front here for the official ribbon cutting. afterwards, senator roberts will have some closing marks and we will officially hand over the key of this memorial to secretary bernhardt.
speech. mr. secretary, i give you the key, dedication. i have been chairman for 21 years. i thought this would never come. mr. secretary, thank you. >> thank you so much. >> you can leave your speech. >> thank you, thank you so much. aware that i am the only thing standing between you and a roof. let me be brief. the places we steward and protect highlight exceptional action by incredible individuals. that is certainly the case here at the eisenhower memorial. tonight, we come together to celebrate this dedication. it is a moment that represents years of effort about you and many others that are gathered
here tonight. this is similar to the development of memorials throughout the d.c. area. memorials were carefully crafted, delicately placed on federal property. each telling an important story. here we have an inspirational leader that goes to an incredible challenge and lead our great nation to a moment that propelled us forward. areing stories like this important to our national identity. it seems that some had some different perspectives. reconstitute works like this memorial. some are trying to do that
through criminal needs, such criminal actions will not be tolerated. the penalties for prosecution are severe. each effort to reimagine a federal memorial should undergo the same that form process that led to the creation of what we celebrate here tonight. rather than revising the memorials, the trumpet administration believes that we must tell more stories of exceptional actions by exceptional people. none of which are without some flaw. accept the eisenhower memorial as the 420th unit of the national park system. god bless america. thank you, and was in, i would
like to thank hundred 77th fighter wing of the new jersey national guard. it was fantastic, even in the rain. i would also like to thank rachel. the voices of service, the president's own marine band. the 101st airborne division. we are so proud they answer the call to participate. especially tonight. program,nclude tonight they will perform their renditions. this will be followed by the own u.s. marine band. that will close us out. it has been a real honor to be
with the army, i am proud of -- we are the army, we are proud of our name. we proudly proclaimed. >> first to fight on the right and to fill the nation possible right. the army goes rolling along. all we have done, fighting until the battle is won. the army goes rolling on. the army is on its way. wherever we go, you will always know that the army goes rolling along. the army goes rolling along. ♪
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