What a historic moment!
President Trump on Wednesday appointed Wilmington, N.C., as the first “World War II Heritage City”.
As the Democrats continue to tear down history, Trump is doing his best to preserve it.
The city of Wilmington has been home for the Battleship North Carolina since 1962.
Battleship North Carolina was a battleship that was active in the Pacific theater (a place where a series of battles took place during World War II) and now is used as a floating museum.
— Team Trump (Text VOTE to 88022) (@TeamTrump) September 2, 2020
Alongside the battleship USS North Carolina, Pres Trump formally designates Wilmington, NC as the first American WWII Heritage City. "That's a big deal," he said. "God is saluting you," as thunder is heard." Pres says the battleship shows "we don't tear down the past." pic.twitter.com/NW61ik1Gqx
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) September 2, 2020
President in Port City: Trump officially declares Wilmington a WWII Heritage City during battleship ceremony. https://t.co/lZZtyvzHmw
— WECT News (@wectnews) September 2, 2020
Our pals over at Fox News had these details to add to the story:
President Trump on Wednesday designated Wilmington, N.C., the first “World War II Heritage City” as he seeks to draw a contrast with Democrats and activists calling for the removal or renaming of historical monuments.
“With this designation we proudly declare that in America we don’t tear down the past, we celebrate our heroes, we cherish our heritage, we preserve our history and build our future,” he said.
Trump spoke at the Battleship North Carolina, where he also marked the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, and gave the port city the honor — noting its efforts during the war in ship building and elsewhere. He praised a number of war veterans who were in the audience.
Wilmington has been home to the Battleship North Carolina since 1962. The ship was active in the Pacific theater during World War II and is now a floating museum. Congress passed a bill earlier this year that included a provision requiring the secretary of the interior to annually designate one city in the United States as an “American World War II Heritage City.”
At the Battleship North Carolina, President Trump met w/ Sergeant Greg Melikian, a #WWII Veteran from Phoenix.
Sgt. Melikian is known to history as the radio operator who broadcasted Gen. Eisenhower’s message to military forces in Europe and allies announcing German surrender. pic.twitter.com/PWE1ROW2UM
— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) September 2, 2020
PBS also reported the story see what they had to say:
President Donald Trump used the power of incumbency to his advantage Wednesday, making a personal appearance in a key battleground state on V-J Day to declare the port city of Wilmington, North Carolina a World War II “Heritage City.”
Congress passed a bill earlier this year that included a provision requiring the secretary of the interior to annually designate one city in the United States as an “American World War II Heritage City.”
Wilmington is the first city to get that designation and Trump did not miss the chance to celebrate in person, although White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany insisted earlier this week that “there’s not a political purpose in this visit.”
If you would like to watch the full speech of Trump designating Wilmington, North Carolina as a WWII heritage city, watch the video below: