President Trump will be landing in North Carolina today for the second time in 2 weeks to re-brand the historic city of Wilmington as his first ‘WWII Heritage City’.
Wilmington has been home to the Battleship North Carolina since 1962. The ship was active in the Pacific theater during World War II.
“During President Trump’s visit, he will meet with veterans, tour the Battleship North Carolina, and give remarks honoring the contributions of Wilmington to the U.S. victory in World War II,” said the White House in a statement. “In March 2019, President Trump signed legislation directing the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to designate at least one city per year as an American World War II Heritage City.”
The move is being seen by many as an attempt to reduce the significance of Wilmington’s 1898 racial massacre by highlighting its ties to WWII.
Wilmington has long been known as the location of the only coup d‘état ever to take place on American soil. The massacre took place in 1898 when a group of armed white supremacists murdered 60 residents and violently overthrew a duly elected government of black officials.
What do you think about re-branding Wilmington as a ‘WWII Heritage City’?