World War II Heritage City facts for kids
World War II Heritage City (officially American World War II Heritage City) is an honorary designation applied by the United States Government to a United States city in recognition of its contributions to the American war effort of World War II and its continuing work to preserve its military history.
The idea for the World War II Heritage City program was originated by Wilbur D. Jones, a retired United States Navy captain and military historian, in about 2008. The designation was made law in an act sponsored by United States Senator Thom Tillis and United States Representative David Rouzer and signed by President of the United States Donald Trump in 2019 as Public Law 116–9.
In September 2020, Wilmington, North Carolina was designated the first World War II Heritage City.
Any city credited with a major contribution to the American war effort during World War II and which, since the end of hostilities, has actively endeavored to preserve its military legacy can be designated a World War II Heritage City. The United States Secretary of the Interior is authorized to designate cities and no more than one such city in any single state can be so named.
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