TOPEKA — The Kansas Senate voted unanimously to support Tuesday installation of a privately financed statue of Dwight Eisenhower on the northwest grounds of the Capitol.
The $140,000 bronze statute and granite base would honor the Abilene native, World War II general and president of the United States. The 7-foot-tall likeness of Eisenhower depicts the Supreme Allied Commander speaking to a group of U.S. soldiers preparing to parachute into Normandy in June 1944.
“President Eisenhower was a great citizen and a great general,” said Sen. Randall Hardy, R-Salina. “He was a proud Kansan.”
The statute to be placed near the Capitol is a replica of the Eisenhower statute designed by Lawrence artist Jim Brothers that stands in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C
Senate Bill 262 was approved 39-0, sending the Eisenhower statute legislation to the House.
Gov. Sam Brownback’s office took the lead in raising money for the memorial. At least $100,000 has been secured for the project, said John Milburn, a spokesman for the Kansas Department of Administration.
During a Senate committee hearing, Merrill Eisenhower Atwater said he was pleased Kansas was expanding recognition of his great-grandfather.
“Eisenhower is an example to all in the country that come from an impoverished background ... what hard work and true dedication can do to shape the world we live in,” he said.
The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum is in Abilene, the city where Eisenhower was buried in 1969.