Wilmington could be first WWII Heritage City after bill signed into law
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — President Trump signed a bill into law Tuesday that included a provision that could make Wilmington a World War II Heritage City.
The provision, authored by Senator Thom Tillis and Congressman David Rouzer, would direct the Secretary of Interior to annually designate at least one city in the US as an American World War II Heritage City.
Wilmington could be the first.
“After years of work with Congressman Rouzer and Wilmington officials, today marks a major step toward designating Wilmington as an American World War II city,” said Tillis. “It is vital we pay recognition to cities across the nation – including Wilmington – that made significant contributions during World War II to secure America’s victory in Europe and the Pacific, and have worked to preserve this history.”
“Following eleven years of hard work and exceptional dedication by Captain Wilbur D. Jones, I am excited and proud that his idea to honor cities for the preservation of their significant contributions during World War II has now become a reality,” said Rouzer. ”Our community and state are extremely fortunate to have Captain Jones leading the fight to preserve and honor the City of Wilmington for her legacy and contributions during the war.”
During World War II, Wilmington was the home of the North Carolina Shipbuilding Company. The shipyard was created as part of the U.S. government’s Emergency Shipbuilding Program. Workers built 243 ships in Wilmington during the five years the company operated.