President Trump visits Wilmington, Pence in the Triangle later this week

Posted August 30, 2020 5:50 p.m. EDT
Updated September 2, 2020 5:10 a.m. EDT

— President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will both be in North Carolina this week.

Trump will visit Wilmington Wednesday to declare it a World War II “Heritage City.” His visit coincides with the 75th anniversary of World War II.

City leaders in Wilmington say anywhere from 500 to 800 people will be waiting at the Wilmington International Airport to welcome the president.

Legislation enacted last year requires the Secretary of the Interior to declare at least one city a year to be a World War II Heritage City. Wilmington would be the first.

Officials say during the visit Trump will meet with veterans, tour the Battleship North Carolina and talk about the contributions of Wilmington during World War II.

Wilmington has been home to the Battleship North Carolina since 1962. The ship was active in the Pacific theater during World War II and took part in every major naval offensive in the Pacific area of operation. The ship earned 15 battle stars.

It is is now a floating museum.

This will be Trump's 12th visit to North Carolina. North Carolina is also a battleground state in the November presidential election.

On Thursday, Pence will be in the Triangle to take part in an anti-abortion event and tour a pregnancy center in Raleigh. He will also stop in Cary to accept the endorsement of the Southern States Police Benevolent Association.

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