National Geographic : 1969 Jul
standing and an ability to see the other per son's point of view-and not to hate him because he disagrees.... "Dwight Eisenhower's greatness derived not from his office but from his character, from a unique moral force that transcended national boundaries, even as his own deep concern for humanity transcended national boundaries. "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 powerful armies 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...." Following the ceremonies the Rotunda was opened to the public, and during the next 20 hours some 25,000 people passed the cata falque after waiting patiently in line. Many of the men saluted, some a bit rustily. Asked why he had come, one said simply, "For Ike." Another explained, "I was with him in Nor mandy." A young Guatemalan woman who had traveled that day by bus from New Jer sey to Washington was asked by a neighbor in line what had prompted her to make the trip. In halting English she replied, "My heart open, and I come." In the evening an old soldier and ally, Pres ident Charles de Gaulle of France, arrived. son, Doud Dwight, whom the father mourned all his life. A rifle squad, at left of chapel, stands ready to fire the final salute; a bugler, to sound the aching notes of "Taps." So the days of an ending come, themselves, to an end. But the surge of memory denies death. Across the street, Ike's boyhood home, right, opens its door to all who would remember him in his youth. And the Eisenhower Library and Museum, out of the picture at right, preserve the record of his manhood. EKTACHROMES BYJAMESP. BLAIR(BELOW)ANDJONATHANS. BLAIR ©( N.G.S .