Carolyn Kaster, Associated Press
A portion of a model of a memorial honoring Dwight D. Eisenhower is seen during a public meeting of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 19, 2013.

WASHINGTON — Tom Brokaw is joining the effort to build a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington.

The veteran journalist has joined an advisory committee for the Eisenhower Memorial project with former Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas. The group is advocating for the memorial's completion after 15 years of planning.

In a statement Wednesday, Brokaw says that while researching his 1998 book "The Greatest Generation," he met many veterans from World War II who would give their lives for their country and for Eisenhower, their leader. Brokaw says veterans want to see Eisenhower honored.

The memorial project has won design approvals from key agencies, despite objections from some Eisenhower family members over the design.

Some in Congress have called for halting the project and eliminating its funding over the design.