It’s a long stroll across the Eisenhower Memorial, but then there’s a lot to discuss about Dwight D. Eisenhower. The leader of Allied Forces to win World War II and U.S. president requires a lot of marble.
It took nearly 20 years to build the memorial after long squabbling between the family and designer, but in the end it’s a nice remembrance across from the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum on Independence Ave. NW between 4th and 6th Sts.
The memorial is easily visible from the street. It may be nicer at night when lit up, showing the cliffs of Normandy during the key invasion to beat Germany. The steel tapestry doesn’t quite look as brilliant during the day. There are also three statue areas from the young boy looking ahead at his life as commander of forces to the presidency. There’s also a gift shop and public restrooms and plenty of street parking.
It’s not the grandest memorial in a town filled with them. And, maybe it’s a little big in taking over a former park that was once filled with victory gardens dating back to the war. But it will surely be used as a respite from government workers in surrounding buildings once the pandemic shutdown ends.
I was born during Ike’s presidency so “I Like Ike.” And, I like the memorial.
Now, let’s get started on one for John Adams.