Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Dwight D. Eisenhower Inducted into Walk of Honor as Sam Brownback Suggests Future Statue on Statehouse Grounds

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Dwight D. Eisenhower Inducted into Walk of Honor as Sam Brownback Suggests Future Statue on Statehouse Grounds

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Dwight D. Eisenhower -- arguably the most notable Kansan ever -- joined the ranks of others who have been immortalized on the Kansas Walk of Honor outside the Statehouse on Wednesday as Gov. Sam Brownback suggested a statue of the 34th president may one day reside on the Capitol lawn.

During his remarks on the Statehouse's north side, Brownback gestured toward the northwest lawn.

"Eisenhower has had a big influence on all of us. So much so that we're putting him on the Walk of Honor, but I would like to see a statue, about right up there, of Dwight Eisenhower as the Kansan of the sesquicentennial," Brownback said. "Don't have that done yet, but I'm hopeful that we're able to do that."

Eisenhower, who died in 1969, is the 11th person inducted into the Walk of Honor. A plaque in the sidewalk surrounding the Capitol will bear his name.

Eisenhower, as most Kansas children in grade school can likely tell you, grew up in Abilene before serving as supreme allied commander in Europe, whose leadership helped defeat Adolf Hitler and the Nazis.

He served as United States president from 1953 to 1961. During his time in office, he worked to establish the interstate highway system and sent federal troops to Little Rock, Ark., to ensure school desegregation.

Eisenhower's granddaughter, Mary Jean Eisenhower, recounted during the ceremony her grandfather's last birthday, which he spent in Walter Reed Army Medical Center. …

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