On Oct. 31, 1941, the carving of the four presidents was complete. Earlier that year, sculptor Gutson Borglum had died, and a little more than a month later, the Pearl Harbor attack pulled the United States into World War II. There was no dedication ceremony to mark the completion of the Shrine of Democracy.
Fifty years later, on July 3, 1991, that oversight was corrected. In a huge ceremony attended by President George H.W. Bush, Tom Brokaw, Mary Hart and other officials, the memorial was finally dedicated.