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Standing at the Speakers Rostrum, Representative Beverly Byron of Maryland addressed a crowded Joint Meeting presided over by Speaker of the House Tom Foley of Washington State.
On this date, Congress celebrated the centennial of the birth of President Dwight D. Eisenhower with a Joint Meeting
. The two-hour ceremony included speeches by Senator Robert Dole
of Kansas; longtime television anchorman, Walter Cronkite; Winston S. Churchill, member of British Parliament and grandson of Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill; John S. D. Eisenhower, former Ambassador to Belgium and son of President Eisenhower; and Representatives Beverly Byron
of Maryland, William F. Goodling
of Pennsylvania, and Pat Roberts
of Kansas. Both Democrats and Republicans wore “I Like Ike” buttons to show their appreciation for the World War II hero and popular two-term President. The celebration included performances by military bands and a poetry reading. Congresswoman Byron remarked, “And so on the day before the 21st anniversary of his death and the centennial years of his birth, we gather here to honor this great American. A kind, gentle, tough soldier for whom we are all eternally grateful.”