Located across from the Eisenhower Home is the Place of Meditation, the
final resting place of Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the
United States. In November 1979 Mamie Doud Eisenhower was interred in
the building. Dwight and Mamie's first born son, Doud Dwight, was
interred in 1966. The Place of Meditation was built with private funds
under the auspices of the Eisenhower Presidential Library Commission.
Interior of the Place of Mediation - Staff Photographer, Public Domain
Outstanding elements of the interior design of the Place of Meditation are the richly colored windows, the Travertine marble wall panels, the walnut woodwork, and the large embroidered hanging, which carries the words of the prayer that President Eisenhower wrote for his first Inaugural Address, on January 20, 1953. There is a meditation portion of the building where, according to General Eisenhower's wishes, it was hoped that visitors would reflect upon the ideals that made this a great nation and pledge themselves again to continued loyalty to those ideals.
Dwight requested that he be buried in an $80 Government Issue casket. The only difference between his casket and that furnished for any soldier buried by the Army is an inner glass seal that cost an extra $115. It was lined with tailored eggshell crepe.
Bronze and cement. Both Dwight and Mamie's graves are covered with marble slabs.
11 3/4 inches by 8 inches by 3/4 inches bronze
DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
BORN OCTOBER 14, 1890
DIED MARCH 28, 1969
DOUD DWIGHT EISENHOWER
BORN SEPTEMBER 24, 1917
DIED JANUARY 2, 1921
MAMIE DOUD EISENHOWER
BORN NOVEMBER 14, 1896
DIED NOVEMBER 1, 1979