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Most Hallowed Ground: Arlington Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknowns with Tom Tudor

Abilene, Kan. - The next Lunch & Learn program is Thursday, March 28 at 12 p.m. in the Eisenhower Presidential Library Visitors Center Auditorium, 200 SE 4th, Abilene. Free and open to the public, a light lunch is provided on a first come, first serve basis. There will be a sign-language interpreter for the program.

Tom Tudor will present Most Hallowed Ground: Arlington Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknowns. A wreath laying ceremony will follow at 1:30 p.m. marking the 50th anniversary of President Eisenhower's death. The wreath laying in the Place of Meditation will include brief remarks given by President Eisenhower's granddaughter, Mary Jean.

Tudor's program will focus on Arlington National Cemetery. It evolved from a place of necessity – set aside for a mounting wave of Civil War casualties – to sacred ground, the final resting place for more than 400,000 men and women who gave service and sacrifice to our country.

Once a sentinel and commander of the relief at the Tomb of the Unknowns, the most hallowed of the cemetery’s many landmarks, Tudor traces the story of this special, 624-acre plot on the west bank of the Potomac River. President Dwight D. Eisenhower presided over the interment of World War II and Korean War soldiers in 1958. This presentation continues a series coinciding with the exhibit "Eisenhower’s Middle Road" at the Central Kansas City Public Library. All are made possible by a grant to the Eisenhower Foundation from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City, Missouri.

Eisenhower’s Middle Road exhibit is now on display at the Kansas City Public Library, 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, Mo., where Tudor will also present at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27. This exhibit and associated programming is made possible by a grant to the Eisenhower Foundation from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City.

The Lunch & Learn series is made possible courtesy of the Eisenhower Foundation and the Jeffcoat Memorial Foundation.

About the Eisenhower Presidential Library

The Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home, a nonpartisan federal institution, is part of the Presidential Libraries network operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. Presidential Libraries promote understanding of the presidency and the American experience. We preserve and provide access to historical materials, support research, and create interactive programs and exhibits that educate and inspire. Public programs and exhibits at the Eisenhower Presidential Library are made possible through the generous support of the Eisenhower Foundation. To learn more, please visit eisenhowerfoundation.net.