U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on the creation of the “Garden of National Heroes”, where sculptures of prominent American figures in politics, culture and sports will be placed. The document is available on the official White House website.
In the decree are mentioned the names of the founder of Apple Steve Jobs, the basketball player Kobe Bryant, who died in a plane crash, the singer Whitney Houston, cartoonist Walt Disney, the singer Frank Sinatra. In total, more than 200 people were on the list.
“The Garden of National Heroes is America’s response to this reckless attempt to defame our prominent figures, our national values, and our entire way of life,” the American leader explained. He recalled the desecration and destruction of monuments to Confederate figures, the first president and one of the founders of the United States, George Washington, and the author of the national anthem, Francis Scott Key, during the Black Lives Matter (BLM, “Black lives matter”) protests.
Trump announced the creation of such a park in July 2020, speaking at a memorial on Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. The park would be open-air and would include only monuments to the greatest “giants of the past,” the head of state specified.
He later presented his version of a list of the greatest Americans. Benjamin Franklin, the leader of the American War of Independence, Alexander Hamilton, the first U.S. Treasury Secretary, and Presidents Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan were included. The president also recognized author Harriet Beecher Stowe, Red Cross founder Clara Barton, first African American baseball player Jackie Robinson, and World War II generals George Patton and Douglas MacArthur.