As President Trump’s term is coming to an end, he has placed an Executive Order to honor over 200 historically significant Americans, including entertainers, founding fathers, religious figures, and others, to be featured as statues in the new “National Garden of American Heroes.”
President Trump made his announcement yesterday on the White House’s website. In the order, he stated, “I made it the policy of the United States to establish a statuary park named the National Garden of American Heroes (National Garden). To begin the process of building this new monument to our country’s greatness, I established the Interagency Task Force for Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes (Task Force) and directed its members to plan for the construction of the National Garden. The Task Force has advised me it has completed the first phase of its work and is prepared to move forward. This order revises Executive Order 13934 and provides additional direction for the Task Force.”
He continued by stating, “The National Garden will be built to reflect the awesome splendor of our country’s timeless exceptionalism. It will be a place where citizens, young and old, can renew their vision of greatness and take up the challenge that I gave every American in my first address to Congress, to “[b]elieve in yourselves, believe in your future, and believe, once more, in America.”
Kobe Bryant, Steve Jobs, Alex Trebek, and Whitney Houston will be included in the garden. President Trump first brought up the proposed plan last summer to respond to racial justice protests, during which some statues of Confederate figures were destroyed and removed. President Trump initially proposed as part of his speech while running for his second term.
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