Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and boxing great Muhammad Ali are among the athletes who President Donald Trump wants to receive a statue in the National Garden of American Heroes. Trump issued an executive order Monday unveiling details of the proposed garden, which will contain statues of honoring American heroes.
Ali and Bryant aren’t the only athletes who would receive a statue in the National Garden. Roberto Clemente, Vince Lombardi, Jesse Owens, Babe Ruth, Cy Young and many others would be immortalized at the National Garden. The list does not feature any women athletes.
Trump introduced the idea of building a monument dedicated to American heroes in July. Trump wanted to build the garden to “reflect the awesome splendor of our country’s timeless exceptionalism,” according to the order.
MLK, Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman among those who would be honored
The National Garden wouldn’t just feature athletes. It would be “a roll call of heroes who deserve honor, recognition, and lasting tribute because of the battles they won, the ideas they championed, the diseases they cured, the lives they saved, the heights they achieved, and the hope they passed down to all of us.”
Statues of Ali, Bryant and the rest of the athletes would stand next to Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Helen Keller, Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, George Washington and many others. In total, 244 statues are included in the executive order.
It is unclear when — or if — the National Garden will be completed. The project has not received funding from Congress yet. With Trump leaving office Wednesday, it will be up to Joe Biden to decide whether he wants to proceed with the project.
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