President Dwight Eisenhower was viewed as a national hero for his service as General in World War II and his two terms as President of the United States. He died in Washington, D.C. on March 28,1969 of a heart failure at Walter Reed Hospital.
His body laid in state in the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. for twenty-eight hours as the public paid their respects. Then he was moved to the United States Capitol for honors in the Rotunda. Once again he was returned to the National Cathedral for formal national services.
On April 2 he was buried in Abilene, Kansas which was his hometown. He was buried by his son Doud who died at three years old. His widow, Mamie died in 1979 and was buried next to him.