Saturday, September 6, 2014

Topeka to Oklahoma City through Abilene KS

September 4, 2014

We left Topeka by 7:00 in order to get to the Eisenhower museum by 9:00. Made it.

This museum was full of war history. It is also a complete history of Ike's life. Again we were impressed by the man and how he handled the challenges of the war and his presidency.   I wish more of our politicians had his abilities to get long with disparate factions. He also had a the of guts to go against his party on issues he thought were right. Do we still remember his warning about the cozy deals between industry and the military? Of course he had a congress and nation which loved him.

Our favorite quote from Eisenhower:
"This world in arms is not spending money alone.  It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of it's scientists, the hopes of it's children.  America is ready to dedicate our strength to serving the needs, rather than the fears, of the world.  This is not a way of life at all, in any sense.  Under the cloud of threatening war it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron."

Than we were off to Oklahoma City five hours away. We had hoped to get into the museum at the memorial of the federal building bombing but too late. We missed buying the last tickets by one minute!  We did take the time to tour the grounds with its various memorials.

The reflecting pool at the memorial.

One chair memorial for each person killed in the bombing.

The museum building across he reflecting pool.

1 comment:

  1. So interesting to hear/remember all of the presidents. Great quote!