NILES, Ohio (WKBN) — It has been two weeks since President Obama changed the name of America’s tallest mountain from Mount McKinley to Denali.
And people in Niles want to make sure people don’t forget the legacy of President William McKinley. The Republican and Democratic parties in Trumbull County came together Sunday for a bi-partisan memorial of McKinley. About 70 people came to his birthplace memorial in Niles for the ceremony. Supporters hope there can be some compromise in Alaska to honor President McKinley.
“Well it’s the Denali National Park. and the compromise before was just naming the top of it Mount McKinley. So it can still be the Denali Mountains, and it can still be Mount MckKnley. There are two mountains anyway, the north and south peaks to that so maybe they can name one after each,” said Mike Wilson, McKinley Presidential presenter.
Choir students from Niles McKinley High School sang the national anthem at today’s memorial.
President William McKinley was born in Niles before moving to Poland and Canton. Monday will mark 114 years since McKinley died. He was assassinated at the 1901 Pan-American Exhibition in Buffalo.