CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (September 25, 2019)—On Sunday, September 29, 2019 the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center will celebrate the last day the Medal of Honor museum, located inside Northgate Mall, will be open. After 14 years inside Northgate Mall, the organization prepares to relocate to a 19,000 square-foot-facility in downtown Chattanooga, in Aquarium Plaza. The Northgate Mall location will be open to the public on Sunday, September 29, 2019 from Noon – 4:00. Beginning at 2:00 p.m. Major General Bill Raines, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, will officiate a celebration of the organization’s history and journey to find a permanent home for the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center. County Commissioner, Greg Martin, will be in attendance and will share in the celebration.
The National Medal of Honor Heritage Center is set to open February 22, 2020 and will be a place that honors the tradition, culture, and values of the Medal of Honor. The Heritage Center will share the inspiring real-life stories of Medal of Honor recipients who demonstrated extraordinary valor under the most difficult circumstances. Each exhibit is designed to immerse visitors in the stories of American heroes by combining the sights and sounds of the Medal of Honor narratives with a vibrancy and immediacy of what happened on that day. As a result, the Heritage Center will create an emotional engagement and a more profound, memorable experience for visitors.
The Heritage Center will also serve as an educational resource for educators and schools across the country through the Medal of Honor Character Development Program. The award-winning curriculum uses the real-life stories of Medal of Honor recipients to educate students and instill in them the character traits that represent the Medal of Honor and its recipients: Patriotism, Citizenship, Courage, Integrity, Sacrifice and Commitment. The new facility will include a large permanent gallery with immersive, interactive exhibits on Medal of Honor recipients and a dedicated area for temporary exhibits, classrooms, event rental space and gift shop.
The mission of the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center is to memorialize the acts of valor demonstrated by the recipients of our nation’s highest military award and educate the next generation about the character traits associated with their gallantry, from the First Medal forward.
To learn more about the Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center, please visit www.mohm.org