Wednesday, June 17, 2015

June 14, 1960: US President Dwight D. Eisenhower arrived in Manila for a State Visit- first ever by any US President!

President Eisenhower welcome ceremony at the airport on June 14, 1960. On the left is President Carlos Garcia

On June 14, 1960, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower arrived in Manila on a plane from Clark Air Field late for a 3-day state visit- the first ever made by any US President to the Philippines...and he was no ordinary US president. He was not only the leader of the world's most powerful nation but also a certified war hero and newsmaker! Eisenhower was the famous U.S. Army general of World War II and the 34th president of the United States. A career Army man, "Ike" rose to the level of five-star general and oversaw the Allied forces in Europe, including the famous D-Day invasion of France in 1944. 

He was met by President Carlos Garcia and other Filipino and American officials at the airport. 

State Dinner tendered by Phil President Carlos P. Garcia and First Lady Leonila Garcia for President Ike Eisenhower

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