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Brownback Wants Ike Statue on Kansas Statehouse Grounds

General Dwight "Ike" Eisenhower speaks to American Airborne troops prior to the Normandy invasion of World War Two.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Governor Sam Brownback thinks native son and President Dwight Eisenhower should have more than a sidewalk plaque to honor him on the Statehouse grounds. The state unveiled the plaque today (WED) during a ceremony. It is the 11th on a "Walk of Honor" started in 2011. The event was a week before the 125th anniversary of Eisenhower's birth in 1890. During his remarks, Brownback proposed putting a statute of Ike outside the Statehouse and pointed toward a slope on the northwest side of the grounds. The governor later told reporters his office has been working sporadically on the project for about two years. Eisenhower was a five-star Army general and supreme Allied commander in World War II before serving as president from 1953 to 1961. He died in 1969 and is buried in Abilene, his boyhood home and the site of his presidential museum and library.


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