Today, the family of President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued a statement opposing the latest design proposal for the future monument honoring the legacy of President Eisenhower.
Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT), who serves as chairman of the House Natural Resources National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands subcommittee issued the following statement regarding the family's concerns with the latest design:
"I remain concerned that taxpayer dollars will be used to fund construction of a memorial to President and General Dwight D. Eisenhower despite the fact that his family has expressed concern and opposition to major design components. President Eisenhower was a true American hero who exemplified leadership in every possible way. I respect the Eisenhower family's request that the memorial reflect the concepts: simple, sustainable, and affordable. At present, it does not appear to meet those qualifications and until a consensus can be reached, I support the family's request to hold off on moving forward with the project.
"Most memorials are not done without some element of controversy, however, it is imperative that in memorializing President Eisenhower, we do it right. We are not operating under severe time constraints and therefore there is no reason why we must hurry through the design phase. All necessary time can and should be taken to ensure the final product is perfect and adequately reflects the proud American legacy left by President Eisenhower."