We pushed on to Abilene, KS for an overnight stay and a morning visit to Eisenhower’s Library and Museum. What a great place, a must-see for anyone in the area. The complex includes Eisenhower’s boyhood home in its original location, the museum, the library, a place of meditation and of course, a visitors center and gift shop. There is also an impressive 11-foot bronze statue of General Eisenhower located in the center of the complex.
What intrigued us the most was the continuous playing of President Eisenhower’s final address to the country on January 17, 1961 with his warning about an immense military establishment and the large arms industry that still existed in this country. He said:
“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together."
And this from an Army man who knew what the horrors of war can bring.
Before heading to Chanute we stopped by the Chevy dealership in Olathe, KS. Richard had been negotiating with several in the five-state area. We liked the dealer and the deal so we bought a new truck.