Brownback wants Ike statue on Kansas Statehouse grounds

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback thinks native son and President Dwight Eisenhower should have more than a sidewalk plaque to honor him on the Statehouse grounds.

The state unveiled the plaque Wednesday during a ceremony. It is the 11th on a “Walk of Honor” started in 2011. The event was a week before the 125th anniversary of Eisenhower’s birth in 1890.

During his remarks, Brownback proposed putting a statute of Ike outside the Statehouse and pointed toward a slope on the northwest side of the grounds. The governor later told reporters his office has been working sporadically on the project for about two years.

Eisenhower was a five-star Army general and supreme Allied commander in World War II before serving as president from 1953 to 1961. He died in 1969.

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