Dwight D. Eisenhower

Memorial

About the Park

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial memorializes the 34th President of the United States and Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe.

Getting there:

  • The Memorial is located between 4th and 6th Streets SW on Independence Avenue. 

  • Parking is available on Independence Ave. during non-commuting hours and some in the surrounding area. Closest Metro station is L'Enfant Plaza.

 

Things to know:

  • The Memorial does have bathrooms and a gift shop on the southeast corner.

 

While you're there:

  • Across the street to the north is the National Mall and Smithsonians.

  • The Museum of the Bible is two blocks to the south and the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial is two blocks to the east.

Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial NPS Site

Discussion Topics

  • The memorial features a statue of Dwight Eisenhower at around 15 years old, looking off towards the rest of the memorial, but not knowing what would come. If you could see into your own future, what do you think you might see?
     

  • The memorial creates distinctions for the two major roles Eisenhower held, one as Supreme Allied Commander and one as President of the United States. In what ways do you think his experience at leading allied forces in World War II prepared him to be President of the United States?
     

  • The tapestry of the cliffs of Normandy hang in the background of the memorial and are visible from nearly any point on the memorial grounds. Why was this such a significant event during World War II? Talk to a park ranger at the site to learn more about the history.

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