US President Joe Biden has designated a training camp for World War II soldiers the first new national monument of his presidency.
Biden, in Colorado, designates first new national monument
President Joe Biden has designated the first national monument of his administration at Camp Hale, a World War II-era training site in this state, as he called for protecting “treasured lands” that tell the story of America.
The announcement at Camp Hale is a boost to Colorado’s senior Democratic senator, Michael Bennet, who has for years advocated for the designation and is in a competitive re-election bid this November. The location is an alpine training site where US soldiers prepared for battles in the Italian Alps during World War II.
Many troops who trained at Camp Hale returned to Colorado after the war and helped create the state’s lucrative ski industry. While most national monuments protect extraordinary natural landscapes, there are at least 12 other military sites designated as national monuments by other presidents.
“When you think of the natural beauty of Colorado and the history of our nation, you’ll find it here,” Biden said.