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The Eisenhower Memorial will feature a statue of the 34th president and 80-foot-tall metal tapestries bearing images of his childhood home.
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The Eisenhower Memorial will feature a statue of the 34th president and 80-foot-tall metal tapestries bearing images of his childhood home.

Plans for a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower are moving forward after months of delays. Members of a commission in charge of the project unanimously approved architect Frank Gehry's new design for the Eisenhower Memorial Park to be built near the National Mall.

Gehry proposes using stone and bronze carvings depicting Eiesnhower's accomplishments as Army General and President. The bas-relief would serve as a backdrop to the 9-foot-tall bronze statues of Eisenhower added to the design last year.

Gehry and his team had to change their design multiple times because of objections from members of the memorial commission and the late president's family members. The Eisenhowers still aren't happy with the new proposal; they don't approve of the architects plans to frame the memorial park with large metal tapestries, which they describe as "impractical and unnecessary."

But commissioners say its important to complete the memorial in a timely fashion, because the World War II generation that Eisenhower led will soon be gone.

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