President Donald Trump is pledging $2 million in federal funding for the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City, according to Fox News.
He made the announcement in a tweet on Friday afternoon, and reports indicate the planned funding increase would complement the existing memorial.
“Will never be forgotten!”
“This special site ensures that the memory of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, as well as those lost in the World Trade Center bombing in 1993, will never be forgotten!” Trump tweeted.
The memorial “is located at the site of the former World Trade Center complex and occupies approximately half of the 16-acre site,” according to its website.
One of its notable features is a twin pair of reflecting pools “that are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest man-made waterfalls in North America.”
Both the monument and museum are funded by private donations as well as fees associated with entry and concessions, both of which have been impacted by coronavirus-related shutdowns, as reported by Fox News.
As for Trump’s promised funding jolt, many details — including its source — remain unclear.
“Prosecute to the fullest extent”
His latest proposal came about two weeks after he made a speech at Mount Rushmore in which he called for the establishment of a Garden of Heroes that would include statues honoring a range of prominent Americans.
Historical monuments have been a hot-button issue across the United States in recent weeks amid continued protests against racial injustice. Destructive demonstrators have vandalized and even destroyed statues of various figures.
When police in Chicago attempted to protect a statue of Christopher Columbus in Grant Park on Friday, rioters reportedly attacked and threw projectiles at the officers.
Trump has been adamant in his desire to see historical monuments protected, signing an executive order last month directing federal authorities “to prosecute to the fullest extent permitted under Federal law, and as appropriate, any person or any entity that destroys, damages, vandalizes government property.”
After pledging to protect symbols of America’s history, the president is now signaling another monument memorializing those lost during a national tragedy still fresh in so many minds.