President Donald Trump announced the creation of the “National Garden of American Heroes” to preserve the country’s history and the love for the homeland affected by the vandalism of the riots that occurred during the summer of 2020, in which national monuments were desecrated and demolished.
“The National Garden is America’s answer to this reckless attempt to erase our heroes, values, and entire way of life. On its grounds, the devastation and discord of the moment will be overcome with abiding love of country and lasting patriotism,” he said in the Executive Order issued by the White House on Jan. 18.
This project began with Executive Order 13934 of July 3, 2020, and now drives the next stage by giving directives to advance its development.
“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.'”
Trump denounced “a dangerous anti-American extremism that seeks to dismantle our country’s history, institutions, and very identity,” which has been attacking the country for some years.
He also added: “The heroes of 1776 have been desecrated, with statues of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin vandalized and toppled”.
He also said, “The dead who gave their lives to end slavery and save the Union during the Civil War have been dishonored, with monuments to Abraham Lincoln, Hans Christian Heg, and the courageous 54th Regiment left damaged and disfigured. The brave warriors who saved freedom from Nazi fascism have been disgraced with a memorial to World War II veterans defaced with the hammer and sickle of Soviet communism.”
While the garden location has not yet been mentioned, there is already a list of 200 Americans who made outstanding contributions to the nation’s culture in many areas of human activity.
It lists famous scientists, entertainment celebrities, and sports stars.
Names that achieved celebrity in their specialty areas such as scientist Jonas Salk, who created a vaccine for polio, entertainment celebrities such as Alex Trebek, the former host of “Jeopardy” who recently passed away. Artists like Louis Armstrong, inventors like Alexander Graham Bell, sports stars like heavyweight boxer Muhammed Ali, and astronauts like Neil Armstrong.
Trump defines who is considered an American: “‘historically significant American’ means an individual who made substantive contributions to America’s public life or otherwise had a substantive effect on America’s history.”
Consistent with his motto of Making America Great Again (MAGA), Trump sought to put the United States first and preserve its values and culture. Hence, he also created the “President’s 1776 Advisory Commission” to promote a more patriotic vision of America.
The “1776” in the commission’s name refers to the year when Americans won the war against the British crown and declared their independence, Trump said on Nov. 2, 2020, when he signed the Executive Order creating the advisory commission.
The founding fathers’ idea was to elect a government to ensure that the people would not be deprived of their rights guaranteed by the Constitution.