National Medal of Honor Heritage Center Welcomes Youngest Medal of Honor Recipient, Kyle Carpenter

Hannah1Medal of Honor Recipient, Kyle Carpenter, paid a visit to Chattanooga and the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center on September 21, 2021. Students from area schools were invited to a very special education event hosted in the Johnson Education Room at the Heritage Center, led by Linda Mines (MOHHC Board Member & V.P. of Education), Ronald Harris (Event Sponsor BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee), and Hannah Sher (MOHHC Dir. of Education), and special guest Cpl Kyle Carpenter, USMC (Ret.). The hosts offered a question and answer session during the event where the students had the opportunity to ask Carpenter questions about his experiences and learn more about his heroic story.

The Celebration of Valor Luncheon was hosted on Tuesday, September 21 at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Carpenter, the youngest recipient of the Medal of Honor was the keynote speaker. Proceeds from the event support the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center and its ongoing efforts to implement the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s Character Development Program in our area schools and “The Making of a Hero” book and curriculum in our local community centers.  These and other Heritage Center’s educational programs are specially designed to reinforce the six character traits: Patriotism. Citizenship. Courage. Integrity. Sacrifice. Commitment.

For more information about future educational events please contact

You may also want to support these programs by serving as a volunteer. We are supported by a passionate group of retired educators and veterans who partner with our own educational staff to make a positive difference in the lives of our kids. If you are interested in becoming an educational volunteer, please contact

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Maranda Wilkinson

Maranda Wilkinson is the Director of Education for the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center.

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