Join in the "Ike"citement! The unveiling of a statue of Dwight D. Eisenhower will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 22, 2018, at the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka. The event will be held on the grounds of the Capitol, weather permitting. The 7-foot bronze statue of Eisenhower as a five-star general is mounted on a 3-foot granite base
Eisenhower grew up in Abilene, Kansas, where his boyhood home, presidential library and museum stand. He served as Supreme Allied Commander, Allied Expeditionary Forces during World War II and was elected 34th President of the United States in 1952 and 1956. Rep. John Barker, an Abilene, Kansas, Republican, urged support of the bill this past spring, calling Eisenhower Kansas’ “most favorite son.”
Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D., traveled to the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, Kansas, earlier this year, on February 21, to sign Senate Bill 262 authorizing placement of a statue of Dwight D. Eisenhower on the Kansas Capitol grounds. The statue was funded through private donations.
“The idea of servant leadership is encapsulated in Ike, and I take great pride in the fact that one of the greatest Americans of the past century was a quiet Kansan,” Colyer stated. “He taught us that you have to listen before you serve and you have to serve selflessly before you can lead effectively, and that is a standard I have tried to live up to my entire life.”