U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), a member of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission, today released the following statement regarding Architect Frank Gehry's proposed changes to the design of the memorial to be built on the National Mall honoring Kansas' native son, President Dwight D. Eisenhower:
"From the beginning, I have supported this design because it brings Kansas to the National Mall - not just because it is Kansas, but because, by Ike's own words, "the proudest thing I can claim is that I am from Abilene.' I appreciate that Frank Gehry has endeavored to capture in this design that President and General Eisenhower loved Abilene, Kansas, America too.
"I am pleased that the Commission continues to work with the Eisenhower family to address their views. Upon completion, this memorial will be a fitting tribute for the President, the General and the Kansan Dwight Eisenhower."
The design is scheduled to go before the National Capital Planning Commission for approval on July 12, 2012.