The President spoke at the airport, Lowry Air Force Base, Denver, Colo., at 8:44 a.m. In his remarks the President referred to Maj. Gen. Martin E. Griffin, Commanding General of Fitzsimons Army Hospital, and Maj. Gen. John T. Sprague, Commander of Lowry Air Force Base.
Again it is time for Mrs. Eisenhower and me to say goodbye to Denver
after a summer's stay. This time we leave under somewhat unusual
circumstances. As you know, I have spent some time in the hospital. Such
a time is not wholly a loss.
Misfortune, and particularly the misfortune of illness, brings to all of us an understanding of how good people are.
To General Griffin, the staff at Fitzsimons, the medical staff, the
nurses, the clinical technicians, the enlisted men--all of the people
that even clean out the hospital: my very grateful thanks, because they
have done so much, not only to take care of me, but to make my stay as
pleasant as possible. They are devoted people.
In the same way, here at this Post, General Sprague and his staff have
taken on an additional and extra load, and have done it cheerfully and
in a way to earn my eternal gratitude.
Then, Mrs. Eisenhower and I have both been touched by the volume of
messages that have come in--telegrams and letters and flowers and gifts.
And finally we have been especially grateful. for the knowledge that
over this country and over the world friends have sent up their prayers
for a sick person.
So I leave with my heart unusually filled with gratefulness, to Denver,
to the people here, to the locality--in fact to everyone who has been so
And I hope that those people who have sent in messages--and Mrs.
Eisenhower has not been able to reach them all; she did her best--that
they will know, through this little talk, that we are eternally thankful
Goodbye and good luck.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower