In keeping another promise, President Trump’s donated portion of his first year’s quarter salary — $78,333 — will be used to restore Antietam National Battlefield in western Maryland, the Department of Interior announced on Wednesday.
Secretary Ryan Zinke presented the donation during the Wednesday ceremony at the Antietam site. In an official department press release, Zinke offered the following remarks:
“As both the Secretary of the Interior and a military veteran, I’m deeply honored and humbled to deliver the donation to Antietam National Battlefield on behalf of President Trump,” Mr. Zinke said. “The president’s donation will allow generations of Americans to learn about our history and heritage on this sacred site.”
This amount was supplemented by $22, 000 from an anonymous donor–bringing the total to roughly $100,000 being applied to the restoration effort. The funds will go towards restoring a historical building on the battlefield and amending aged fencing there too.
Lest we forget, Antietam National Battlefield played an important role in American history. The namesake Civil War battle was the bloodiest single-day battle in American history–totaling 22,717 soldiers killed, wounded, or missing.
Moreover, the Department of Interior unveiled a $7.2 million plan in additional funds to “help identify, preserve, and protect America’s historic battlefields” as well. Zinke and his department are living up to expectations of being the “Happy Department” indeed. We will continue to report on all the latest conservation efforts from the Department of Interior.