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Press Release
September 30, 1999
Eisenhower Center Hosts First Annual Dwight D. Eisenhower Day

ABILENE, KANSAS (September 30, 1999) -- The first Dwight D. Eisenhower Day celebration weekend will kick off on Thursday, October 14, the former president's 109th birthday. The highlight of the festivities will be the unveiling on Saturday, October 16 of a new statue of Eisenhower as a young boy.

"Dwight D. Eisenhower's vision for the future and the timeless values that directed his every action are as relevant today as they were when he was in the Oval Office," said Dan Holt, Director, The Dwight D. Eisenhower Library.

"We are very pleased to have the opportunity to host this celebration of a great American's life, right here in the hometown he so treasured. In the near future, we will announce the details of an exciting long-term campaign to raise awareness of the General, his Presidency and the Official Eisenhower Center," said Stewart R. Etherington, President, The Eisenhower Foundation.

Speeches by Eisenhower family members, band concerts, a parade and other festivities in honor of Abilene's favorite son are all part of what will become an annual tradition, as a result of a Kansas Statute recommended by a Gubernatorial Commission and passed by the Kansas Legislature last year. Governor Graves, former Senator Bob Dole and other dignitaries are expected to attend the second annual Eisenhower Dinner the evening of October 15.

For a full listing of activities, call the Eisenhower Center in Abilene, at 785-263-4751

The Eisenhower Foundation's website address is: www.dwightdeisenhower.com.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Visitors interested in learning more about the Eisenhower Day Celebration Weekend can call the Eisenhower Center in Abilene, at 785--263-4751.

CONTACT: Bill Hoch and Company Communications: 816/842-8182

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