In 2020, Eisenhower Is a Lantern in the Dark

In 2020, Eisenhower Is a Lantern in the Dark
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Four months ago, as America’s monument to Dwight D. Eisenhower readied to open officially just off the national mall in Washington, the celebration was shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the country grappled with its greatest crisis since the era that made Ike a hero, the symbol of the kind of nation he represented and tried to build — and the global role it aspired for — stood ready, gleaming, yet temporarily shuttered, awaiting a new day.

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