In a statement released Wednesday, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said that “it’s important that we build a national memorial that reflects the vision of the Commission, his family, and the American people. Though it is important to move forward as swiftly as possible, our priority must be in getting it right. If more time is required to get it right, so be it.”
Salazar is a major player in the future of the Eisenhower Memorial, as his department presides over the National Park Service, which controls the public land the installation will sit.
The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission predicts that the monument will cost between $90 and $110 million.