A statue of and memorial to President Dwight Eisenhower stands in Grosvenor square, directly in front of the United States embassy. Its location is particularly significant as the statue stands across from the buildings where the then general Eisenhower lived while planning the allied invasion of Normandy. Although the statue stands in London, it was actually given as a gift by residents of Kansas City, where Eisenhower grew up. More perhaps than any other 20th century President, Eisenhower had deep ties to London as a result of living and working there for two years during World War Two. To this day he is remembered with equal gratitude for his military service in both his home nation and the other he so faithfully served. The statue itself is constructed from bronze and stands on a pentagonal portland stone plinth. Each of the five sides of the plinth bears an inscription detailing some aspect of Eisenhower’s life. The side directly beneath the President's feet bears the inscription 'Dwight David Eisenhower 1890-1969'. There are also five stars, a memorial to his service as a five star general and commander in chief of the allied forces during the second world war. Walking around to the left, one sees the following inscription, ’the faith we hold belongs not to us alone but to the free of all the world'. It is a quotation from his first inaugural address, given on January 20 1953. Continuing around the plinth one sees a reference to was perhaps the most defining moment of his career, a passage from the order of the day given by general Eisenhower to the allied forces on June 6 1944 prior to the D-day landings. It reads, 'soldiers, sailors and airmen of the allied expeditionary forces! You are about embark upon the great crusade...the hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you'. Directly in front of the statue a bronze plaque is inlaid in the ground and contains a timeline of President Eisenhower's life, giving key dates such as when he graduated from West Point.
Grosvenor square, home to three Presidential statues, the former residence of President John Adams, numerous other memorials and (for now) the US embassy, is located just 10 minutes walk from Bond Street station.