Heroes: Home to the Heartland

The trappings were poignantly familiar—the flag-draped gun carriage inching down Constitution Avenue, the throngs filing past a casket in the Capitol Rotunda, the millions pausing before their television sets to watch a hero laid to rest. To a nation that has lately witnessed all too many such occasions, the funeral of Dwight Eisenhower had a significant difference. It was not an occasion for grief over a life tragically foreshortened by an assassin's bullet but an opportunity to pay homage to one who had served his country and had died in peace, his...

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