The Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center memorializes the history of our nation’s highest military award for valor, from the first medals in 1863 to the present, and educates the next generation of Americans about the six character traits associated with the gallantry of Medal recipients.
The Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center aspires to become a national leader in educating Americans about the heroic deeds and noble character of those who have received our nation’s highest military award for valor – the Medal of Honor.
The incredible heritage of the Medal of Honor started Chattanooga in 1862 – 1863, which is why Chattanooga is the Birthplace of the Medal of Honor. This is why the values of the Heritage Center are centered around the six character traits embodied by the Medal of Honor and all of its recipients:
- Patriotism: Devoting our loyalty and love to our country, including working to make it better
- Citizenship: Actively participating in our democracy and in our community
- Courage: Persevering in worthy endeavors despite fear
- Integrity: Being honest, keeping our word, and doing what is right, even when no one is watching
- Sacrifice: Giving of ourselves in the service of others
- Commitment: Devoting time, energy or resources to causes in which we believe