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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. Through an award-winning character education program and dedicated staff and volunteers, we teach the common character traits that embody all 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.

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  • Integrity
  • Sacrifice
  • Commitment
About The Medal of Honor Heritage Center

Exploring recipients through what they left behind

The Charles H. Coolidge National Heritage Center takes care of over 6,000 objects that help tell the story of Medal of Honor recipients and fellow veterans from the Civil War forward. These objects are tangible reminders of the sacrifice of our men and women in arms. Please enjoy learning more about our collection.
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Building a First-Class Immersive Experience

Nearly three years ago, a dedicated group of veterans and business leaders launched a campaign to design and build the new Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center in the heart of where the heritage of the Medal of Honor began in 1862-1863 – Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Scheduled to open on on February 22, 2020, our 19,000-sq.-ft. facility will feature life-sized, immersive exhibits that memorialize our nation’s highest military award for valor, honor its national heritage and recipients, and educate future generations of Americans about the six character traits embodied by the Medal of Honor and its recipients:  Patriotism, Citizenship, Courage, Integrity, Sacrifice and Commitment.

Events


Grand Opening

Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 10 a.m.

Mark your calendars for February 22, 2020 as it will be a special day for Chattanooga, the state of Tennessee and our country.  On this…

Volunteers and Charter Members Dinner

Friday, February 21, 2020
Dinner and Tour: 6 pm – 8 pm

The Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center will honor our key volunteers and 500 Charter Lifetime members with a special BBQ dinner…

Honoring the Sacrifice: Medals of Honor Through Time

February 22, 2020 - May 13, 2020

This exhibit explores the lives and actions of twelve Medal of Honor recipients from the Civil War to the Vietnam period.  Exhibit goers will see Medals of…

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.

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