National Medal of honor heritage center

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Support our 2023 Celebration of Valor by making a donation today to support our mission to honor the heritage of the Medal of Honor and inspire the next generation about the six character traits that embody the Medal of Honor:  Patriotism, Citizenship, Courage, Integrity, Sacrifice and Commitment. 



Larry Taylor

The United States and the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center will welcome our nation’s newest Medal of Honor recipient on September 5, 2023 during a ceremony at the White House.

Explore the story of Captain Larry Taylor, from his youth in his hometown of Chattanooga, to his gallant action in Vietnam, to the journey to achieve recognition with the nation’s highest award for military valor.

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To Find The Hero Within

Chattanooga is where our nation’s highest military honor for valor was first awarded. Experience the powerful stories of ordinary people who accomplished extraordinary things. Spending just an hour or two at Chattanooga’s newest attraction will inspire you and your family with the values demonstrated by Medal of Honor recipients – patriotism, courage, citizenship, integrity, sacrifice, and commitment.
Everyone has a hero. Honor your Hero Today!

Bricks of Honor

Do you have a Hero that needs to be honored? The Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center launched its “Bricks of Honor” campaign to provide a meaningful and memorable way for people to recognize and honor someone special in their life while supporting the Heritage Center’s mission.

We have three options for purchasing a commemorative brick that will be placed in front of the Heritage Center in downtown Chattanooga — the Birthplace of the Medal of Honor.  These custom-engraved pavers are unique gifts for memorials, retirements, promotions, graduations, anniversaries and more. They also allow supporters to leave a lasting tribute for a fellow veteran, family member, loved one or their business. Get your “Brick of Honor” today. 

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Educational Resources

Where Education Meets Inspiration

A key focus of the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center is education. We extend beyond the Heritage Center walls to help current and future generations locally and across our country find the relevance of the Medal of Honor in their own lives. Thanks to our dedicated staff and volunteers, we teach the common character traits that embody Medal of Honor recipients – Patriotism, Citizenship, Courage, Integrity, Sacrifice and Commitment. In doing so, we believe our youth – our future leaders – will learn to emulate these six character traits to make their lives and communities better.



Local Time:
Sep 13 2023 |
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

6th Annual Celebration of Valor Luncheon

We are excited to have you join us on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at the Chattanooga Convention Center for one of Chattanooga’s most inspiring events – our annual Celebration of Valor Luncheon.  This year, we are honored to have Medal of Honor recipient Leroy Petry as our keynote speaker. Proceeds from the Luncheon support the National […]

Local Time:
Oct 06 2023 |
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Clay Shoot

Join us for our 5th Annual Clay Shoot on October 6th at Benton Sporting Clays! We are excited about this event which will help raise funds to support the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center. Become a Sponsor or Register Your Team Today! Sharpshooter Level Sponsor Ammunition Sponsor Station Sponsor Non-Shooting Sponsor 4-Person Team

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donate & Volunteer

The National Medal of Honor Heritage Center has numerous exciting opportunities in which you can get involved. We invite you to become a volunteer today and support our mission to memorialize the history of our nation’s highest military award for valor, from the first Medals awarded in 1863 to present day, and educate future generations of Americans about the six character traits associated with their gallantry — Patriotism, Citizenship, Courage, Integrity, Sacrifice and Commitment.