TOPEKA (KSNT) — Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States was added as the 11th inductee to the Kansas Walk of Honor Wednesday.
His granddaughter, Mary Jean Eisenhower, and her son, Merrill Atwater, joined Governor Sam Brownback; General Victor J. Braden, Fort Leavenworth; Denorah Barker, Kansas Historical Foundation; and Timothy Rives, Eisenhower Presidential Library.
Eisenhower’s bronze plaque will join 10 other notable Kansans along the walkways of the Kansas State Capitol.
Dwight D. Eisenhower grew up in Abilene and proudly considered himself a Kansan. He graduated from West Point in 1915. He graduated first in his class from the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth in 1926.
Promoted to brigadier general in 1941, Eisenhower directed the allied invasions of North Africa, Sicily, and Italy from 1942 to 1943. Then, as Supreme Allied Commander, he planned and executed the Normandy Invasion on June 6, 1944 which ultimately led to victory in Europe the following May.
He served as U.S. President from 1953 to 1961 during a postwar period of prosperity for the nation. President Eisenhower authorized the Interstate Highway System, People to People International in 1956, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
The walk, established in 2011, highlights people who contributed on a state and national level and have significant connections to Kansas. The previous honorees are Clyde Cessna, Walter Chrysler, Samuel Crumbine, John Steuart Curry, Charles Curtis, Bob Dole, Amelia Earhart, Jack Kilby, Gordon Parks, and William Allen White.