President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to establish a vast outdoor park featuring statues of great Americans to “honor those who came before.”
“I am announcing the creation of a new monument to the giants of our past. I am signing an executive order to establish the National Garden of American heroes, a vast outdoor park that will feature the statues of the greatest Americans to ever live,” Trump said in a speech at Mount Rushmore as part of July 4 celebrations with thousands of people at the South Dakota landmark.
“Let us go forward united in our purpose and rededicated in our resolve,” the president added. “We will raise the next generation of American patriots, we will write the next thrilling chapter of the American adventure, and we will teach our children to know that they live in a land of legends, that nothing can stop them, and that no one can hold them down. They will know that in America, you can do anything, you can be anything, and together, we can achieve anything.”
The new National Garden will come as part Trump’s executive order on Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes, which says that the site be composed of statues commemorating notable American figures including John Adams, Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Daniel Boone, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Henry Clay, Davy Crockett, Frederick Douglass, Amelia Earhart, Benjamin Franklin, Billy Graham, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Douglas MacArthur, Dolley Madison, James Madison, Christa McAuliffe, Audie Murphy, George S. Patton, Jr., Ronald Reagan, Jackie Robinson, Betsy Ross, Antonin Scalia, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington, George Washington, and Orville and Wilbur Wright.
Trump announces the creation of a new monument: The National Garden of American Heroes.
a "vast outdoor park" featuring statues of great Americans.
— Anders Hagstrom (@Hagstrom_Anders) July 4, 2020
Trump announces the creation of a new U.S. monument called the National Garden of American Heroes, “a vast outdoor park that will feature the statues of the greatest Americans to ever live" pic.twitter.com/ZspS9WQfwb
— Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) July 4, 2020