WASHINGTON (AP) – After years of public controversy and debate, work is finally beginning on a massive memorial to President Dwight Eisenhower.
A groundbreaking ceremony Thursday morning marked the start of the project, plagued for years by a bitter fight over the memorial’s design and aesthetics.READ MORE: Pastor Ed Litton, Who Worked For Racial Unity, Picked To Lead Southern Baptists
Famed architect Frank Gehry was commissioned to design the memorial, but Gehry’s original plan was strongly opposed by three of Eisenhower’s grandchildren. Eventually, after Gehry made changes to his proposal, the Eisenhower family announced their support last year, enabling the project to go forward.READ MORE: Against The Odds Senate Democrats Press Ahead With Voting Bill
Gehry’s vision would transform a four-acre space on Independence Avenue in front of the Lyndon B. Johnson Department of Education Building.
Organizers still hope to have the Eisenhower memorial ready by June 2019, the month that includes the 75th anniversary of D-Day.MORE NEWS: Remarkable Turnaround For North Texas Puppy Found 2 Years Ago Fighting For Life
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