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Eisenhower Family At Impasse On Memorial Design

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The family of President Dwight D. Eisenhower is welcoming design changes by architect Frank Gehry for a memorial honoring the World War II general but says any monument should be simple, sustainable and affordable to honor his values.

In a statement Wednesday, the family says it continues to oppose the use of large metal scrims to frame a memorial park near the National Mall. Gehry has called them tapestries that would depict Eisenhower’s boyhood home in Kansas.

The family says the scope and scale of the images woven in metal remain “controversial and divisive.”

Gehry and his team proposed changes this month. He replaced images carved in stone with 9-foot-tall statues of Ike as World War II hero and a president.

The family is thanking Gehry for making changes.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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