Words cannot express how truly grateful we are to you, our loyal supporters. Thanks to your contributions, we will soon welcome guests to a new, engaging experience at the Eisenhower Presidential Museum in Abilene, KS.
While the public opening date has been postponed due to the recent government shutdown, we are pleased to announce a special museum “sneak peak” is being planned for all World War II veterans who attend the 75th D-Day Remembrance Ceremony on June 6, 2019.
Knowing it would be important to Dwight D. Eisenhower for World War II veterans to see the museum on the 75th anniversary of D-Day, we have arranged a private tour for our most honored guests. For those unfamiliar with the Eisenhower Foundation’s 74-year history, our organization was first established as “The National Foundation to Honor General Dwight D. Eisenhower and the United States Armed Forces” — a name which Ike personally helped select.
Our original purpose was, “To recognize suitably the military achievements of that great American, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of the victorious armed forces in Europe, to confer honor on the living members and on the memory of the deceased members of the armed forces of the United States, particularly the men and women who served in World War II...”
On June 4, 1952, the cornerstone of the Eisenhower Foundation — and what became the Eisenhower Presidential Museum — was laid. At the ceremony, Eisenhower explained that the purpose of the memorial was, “Not only to all of the servicemen of World War II on whatever front or in whatever station they served, or in what uniform, but to the purpose of developing the citizenship. A respect for all of the great rights and privileges of American citizenship.”
Through the years, our name has changed and our mission has evolved, but we still remain true to General Eisenhower’s original intent. We look forward to hosting one of the largest gatherings of World War II veterans and “Rosie the Riveters” at our 75th D-Day Commemoration Week. If you are or know someone who is a World War II veteran or Rosie who would like to join us, please contact our office.