Making Connections with Dwight David Eisenhower II
During David Eisenhower’s visit to Omaha, he shared meaningful connections with several Nebraskans who came to the Governor’s Lecture.
Nancy Seaton of Hastings has an unusual relationship to President Dwight David Eisenhower: Her father-in-law, Fred Seaton, was the Secretary of the Interior in his cabinet.
Nancy shared several pieces of Eisenhower memorabilia that she wished to give to David Eisenhower during his visit to Nebraska. One of her wonderful donations was a portrait of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The portrait is called “Ike,” the late president’s renowned nickname.
A group of Omaha ROTC cadets also shared a special connection with the speaker.On June 6, 2019, some 70 students from various Omaha high schools took part in 75th anniversary ceremonies commemorating D-Day in France. The students had also laid American flags on the graves of fallen service members from Nebraska and Iowa. David Eisenhower took some time to visit with a contingency from Omaha Central after his lecture, posing for a photo with them.
Another person in the audience was Frank Dye. Dye was one of Eisenhower’s Navy shipmates. The speaker shook his hand as they reminisced about their time in service.
Michelle Swain arrived with a gift: newspapers from the Fremont Guide and Tribune dated June 7, 1944, one day after D-Day, which had been stored in her mother’s attic for decades. Michelle waited in line during David Eisenhower’s book signing to give him the newspapers as a memento of his grandfather’s courageous and exceptional leadership.