Yes. Having a day Commemorating the this 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe seems a no brainer to me. We celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Oscars in 2003 for heaven’s sake. You tell me, which has a bigger significance in history?
Ike was a great General: he served as the Supreme Allied Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force from December 1943 till the end of World War II in May 1945. He planned and supervised the successful liberation of German occupied Western Europe.
Here are five of his accomplishments as President from 1953 to 1961:
1) He Sponsored and Signed the Civil Rights Bill of 1957: This was the first civil rights bill since Reconstruction. Much to Eisenhower's dismay, Congress amended the bill and critically weakened its effectiveness.
2) He Sponsored and Signed the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956: This gave birth to America's interstate highway system. Eisenhower worked hard to get the bill passed and it was his favorite piece of legislation.
3) He Balanced the Budget, Not Just Once, But Three Times: Despite much pressure to do otherwise, he also refused to cut taxes and raise defense spending. His fiscal policy contributed to the prosperity of the 1950's.
4) He Ended the Korean War: He alone had the prestige to persuade Americans to accept a negotiated peace and convince the Chinese that failure to reach an agreement would lead to dire consequences. Eisenhower considered this to be his greatest presidential accomplishment. (here is a man who we say – he alone – he was not a man would have said that of himself.)
5) He Kept America at Peace: Eisenhower was confronted with major Cold War crises every year he was in office: Korea, Vietnam, Formosa, Suez, Hungary, Berlin, and the U-2. While more than once America seemed on the brink of war and those around him clamored to drop the Bomb, Eisenhower always kept a level head. He dealt calmly and rationally with each situation, always finding a solution that avoided war without diminishing America's prestige.