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mrs. eisenhower, your excellencies, friends of dwight david eisenhower in america and throughout the world, we gather today in mourning but also in gratitude. we mourn dwight eisenhower's death, but we are grateful for his life. we gather also conscious of the fact that in paying tribute to dwight eisenhower we celebrate greatness. when we think of his place in history, we think inevitably of the other giants of those days of world war ii and we think of the qualities of greatness and what his were that made his unique among all. once perhaps without intending to do so, he himself put his
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finger on it. it was 1945, shortly after ve day at a ceremony in london's historic guild hall, the triumphant supreme leader of the allied forces in europe was officially given the freedom of the city of london. in an eloquent address that day dwight eisenhower said, i come from the heart of america. ♪♪ he did come from the heart of america, not only from its geographical heart, but from its spiritual heart. dwight eisenhower touched something fundamental in america which only a man of immense force of mind and spirit could
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have brought so vibrantly alive. he was the product of america's soil and of its ideals, driven by a compulsion to do right and to do well. a man of deep faith hobbled in god and trusted in his wealth. a man who truly loved his country and for whom words like freedom and democracy were not clichés. he exemplified what millions of parents hoped that their sons would be, strong and courageous and honest and compassionate. and with his own great qualities of heart he personified the best in america. his great love of people was rooted in his faith. he had a deep faith in the goodness of god and in the essential goodness of man as a
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creature of god. it is, i think, a special tribute to dwight eisenhower that despite all of his honors, despite all of his great deeds and his triumphs, we find ourselves today thinking first not of his deeds, but of his character.
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♪♪ dwight eisenhower was that rarest of men, an authentic hero. wars bring the names of many men into the headlines and of those some few become national or even international heroes, but as the years then passed their fame goes down, but not so with
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dwight eisenhower. as the years passed, his stature grew. commander of the mightiest expeditionary force ever assembled, receiver of the surrender of german armies in world war ii, president of columbia university, supreme commander of nato, 34th president of the united states. every trust that the american people had it in their power to bestow he was given.
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♪♪ ♪♪ >> each of us here will have a
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special memory of dwight eisenhower. i can see him now standing erect, straight, proud and tall, 16 years ago, as he took the oath of office as the 34th president of the united states of america. and yet, he always retained a saving humility. his was the humility not of fear but of confidence. he walked the great of the world and he knew that the greater human, his was the humility of men before god and before the truth. his was the humility of a man too proud.
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he restored calm to a divided nation. he gave americans a new measure of self-respect. he invested his office with dignity and respect and trust. he made americans proud of their president. proud of their country. proud of themselves. and if we in america were proud of dwight eisenhower, it was partly because he made us proud of america. he came from the heart of america and he gave pregs to the heart of america and he touched the hearts of the world. many leaders are known and respected outside their own countries. very few are loved outside their own countries. dwight eisenhower was one of those few. he was probably loved by more
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people in more parts of the world than any president america has ever had. he captured the deepest feelings of free men everywhere. ♪♪
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some men are considered great because they lead grade armies or powerful nations. for eight years now, dwight eisenhower has neither commanded an army nor led a nation. and yet he remained through his final days the world's most admired and respected man. truly, the first citizen of the world. so today, we render our final salute. it is a fond salute to a man we love and cherished. it is a grateful salute to a man whose whole extraordinary life
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was consecrated to service. it is a profoundly respectful thing to a man larger than life who by any standard was one of the giants of our time. his life reminds us that there is a moral force in this world more powerful than the might of arms or the wealth of nations. this man who led the most
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powerful armies of the world has ever seen, this man who led the most powerful nation in the world, this essentially good and gentle and kind man, that moral force was his greatness.
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for a quarter of a century to the very end of his life, dwight eisenhower exercised a moral authority without parallel in america and in the world. and america and the world is better because of it. i know mrs. eisenhower would permit me to share with you the last words he spoke on the day he died. he said, i've always loved my wife. i've always loved my children. i've always loved my grandchildren. and i have always loved my country.
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that was dwight eisenhower.
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general dwight d. eisenhower ordered the horrors of the holocaust be remembered.
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it was a signature move for the man who later occupied the white house. next on the presidency, his granted daughter, susan eisenhower, talks about what led like to the decision. she's the author of how ike led. the principles behind eisenhower's biggest decisions. the united states holocaust memorial museum hosted this conversation and provided the video. >> today is holocaust remembrance day. 76 years ago soviet troops liberated the auschwitz camp complex including the killing center and people around the world pause today on this somber anniversary to honor the memory of europe's jews who the nazis attempted on annihilate. it a day to remember the holocaust era and keep the historical record as we have fewer and fewer eyewitnesses to these events. please join me in welcoming today's guest,

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