What’s the best way to respond to people who want to tear down monuments and statues of America’s important historical figures? Simple…You build new ones. In a powerful and inspiring Independence Day speech, President Trump proclaimed that he refuses to allow our heroes’ legacies to be ignorantly destroyed or forgotten.

On Saturday night, the president addressed crowds who gathered to hear him speak at the Mt. Rushmore 4th of July celebration when he made a monumental announcement. Trump declared he is signing an executive order directing the creation of a “National Garden of American Heroes” which will honor our heroes from both our country’s inception and modern times. According to the president, it will feature “historically significant Americans” who should be remembered by generations to come.

The initiative establishes a task force that will have the responsibility of planning and overseeing the establishment of a park to construct the National Garden. The task force is instructed open the park expeditiously for public access prior to the 250th anniversary of the proclamation of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 2026.

While the task force and administration are still deciding on additions, the current list of historical figures to be honored includes:

  • 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
  • Orville and Wilbur Wright

The order also laid out specific rules for which individuals will be eligible to be included in the National Garden. Among those remembered in the park will be Founding Fathers, anti-slavery advocates, military servicemen, recipients of medals of freedom, scientists, inventors, civil rights leaders, religious leaders, missionaries, anti-socialism advocates, entrepreneurs, explorers, police officers, firefighters, advocates for the poor, judges and justices, former Presidents, astronauts, artists, teachers, etc. The National Garden must also be located on a site of natural beauty for visitors to enjoy and remember America’s greatest heroes.

One very important aspect of the order is that it will allocate funding to programs that educate Americans on the founding documents of our country. They will begin prioritizing educational programming specifically regarding the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Federalist Papers.

This executive order is long overdue when it comes to ensuring Americans are educated about the country they live in and historical context. A couple of the biggest problems our republic faces is miseducation and lack of education. The majority of Americans have never cracked open the Constitution outside of their 8th grade US History class. People have no idea what it says, what their rights are, or how our country is set up to work.

Furthermore, today’s Americans are even more clueless about who our heroes are. I admit it can be boring to learn and then difficult to remember anything about some guys that lived 200 years ago, especially when our academic institutions are saying they were “racist white imperialists.” It’s vital to set the record straight by educating today’s generation and those of the future about the truth of the matter in this age of disinformation. It is also important to increase the relevance of America’s history by including more modern heroes, like Jackie Robinson, Billie Graham, and MLK Jr. Hopefully, this will engage more Americans and start re-educating them on what the real America is, not what CNN or BLM thinks it is.