Dwight Eisenhower

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Cities across the country are honoring veterans today with parades, memorials and free dinners. But many Americans may not know how the holiday came about: Its roots are in Emporia, Kansas.

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On May 6, 1960, President Dwight Eisenhower signed into law the second of four civil rights acts that serve as the foundation of federal civil rights statutes in the 20th and 21st centuries.

A powerful arts panel that must approve designs for memorials in the nation's capital is again objecting to plans for a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower.