EO 13978: National Garden of American Heroes

(United Reader) – When elected president, an individual gains a number of powers. One of those powers is that of the executive order (EO), in which congressional approval isn’t needed. While many people see EOs as a power grab, that’s not always the case, as with President Trump’s EO 13978. Let’s take a look at what makes this order so special.

Reason for the Order

President Trump believes history has shown that America is a land of heroes. In the executive order, Trump stated that the garden would be used as a way to reflect and represent America’s exceptionalism throughout history.

He envisioned the garden to be a place where people might take on his challenge given to all Americans during his first congressional address: “believe in yourselves, believe in your future, and believe, once more, in America.” The 45th president feels that our beliefs and America’s legacy has been threatened in recent years, and he hopes this garden will be a way to protect it.

The executive order states that the garden will be an answer to the inattentive and careless attempts to erase American heroes. The document goes on to explain that the National Garden of American Heroes will overcome the devastation and desecration of our monuments and history with love and patriotism.

Amending EO 13934

Executive Order 13978 seeks to make several amendments to EO 13934. One amendment made to Section 7 states, “The term ‘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.” Executive Order 13978 seeks to improve EO 13934 and further include Americans who have made an impact on our history.

Of course, funding is a question everyone is concerned with. The building and maintaining of the national garden will be funded by the Secretary of the Interior through applicable laws and appropriations. The National Garden of American Heroes is a way for people to show their pride and love for their country. We look forward to its establishment and its impact on the American people.

You can read Executive Order 13978 if you want more details pertaining to the order.

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