Gov. Noem suggests National Garden of American Heroes reside in Black Hills

PIERRE, S.D. – The location for President Trump’s National Garden of American Heroes is still up in the air but Governor Kristi Noem has suggested the memorial be placed in South Dakota.

President Donald Trump announced the garden at Mount Rushmore prior to the fireworks show on July 3. The President signed an executive order to establish a task force to determine the logistics behind the memorial to include location, cost, and names of people to be memorialized in the garden. According to the order, “Statues should depict historically significant Americans…who have contributed positively to America throughout our history.”

The Trump Administration Task Force for Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes held its second meeting Monday. Since meeting last month, the task force has communicated with private and public entities across the country to discuss the restoration of damaged statues of American heroes. The task force has sent letters to all governors and 2,000 local county commissioners to seek input on location and suggested honorees.

The task force has received 59 suggested sites for the National Garden and 118 names of Americans to be added to the garden.

Governor Kristi Noem suggests the garden be located in the Black Hills. “She specifically suggested that it could be built on a site adjoining Mount Rushmore,” said Ian Fury, Communications Director for the Governor’s Office.

The executive order calls for the garden to be “located on a site of natural beauty that enables visitors to enjoy nature, walk among the statues, and be inspired to learn about great figures of America’s history.”

A proposal is due to the President next month which will include a list of proposed sites.

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