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Kansas center prepares for Ike's birthday

Published on -10/3/2012, 7:46 AM

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ABILENE, Kan. (AP) -- Several events are scheduled in Abilene this month to celebrate Dwight D. Eisenhower's 122nd birthday.

Eisenhower was born Oct. 14, 1890, in Texas but moved to Abilene as a boy where he graduated from high school and went on to accept an appointment to West Point. After leading the Allied forces in Europe in World War II, he was elected president in 1962 and 1956.

Seventh-graders from schools in Abilene and Chapman will visit the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum on Oct. 10 and 11 for special programs on Eisenhower's life and 1950s culture.

Members of the Kansas Veterans of Foreign Wars will hold a vigil at Eisenhower's grave on Oct. 12, the same day as the Eisenhower Legacy Dinner in the library.

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