The Medal of Honor Museum near Charleston, SC recieved a donation to enable it to expand.
The Medal of Honor Museum recently received a $3.5 million donation to expand the museum by 25,000 square feet, allowing for more stories to be shared.
"To our heroes who are here today and those who couldn't join us, Mount Pleasant is honored to be your home, the home of the Medal of Honor," Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie said. "Our dedication to honoring your gallantry and your selflessness will never falter or never fail.
The impact goes beyond the museum - the money will also go towards a program developing future leaders.
"We developed a Medal of Honor leadership-based program that teaches all of us to meet your moment, just as the 35 hundred plus have bravely done," said Tom McQueeney the board chair of the Leadership and Education Center.
The hope is that the legacy of the Medal of Honor recipients is remembered by future generations.
"When I was a kid growing up, I didn't know any Medal of Honor recipients," said Ryan Pitts, a Medal of Honor Recipient. "My kids are growing up knowing me, they've come here and gotten to walk through the museum. I think anything we can do to bring it to the next generation as they're coming up behind us to see that everybody that came before them, we were people just like them.
Pitts received his Medal of Honor fighting while wounded in Afghanistan in 2008. He hopes the expanded museum will help teach courage on or off the battlefield.
To read the complete article, see:
Patriots Point Medal of Honor Museum receives $3.5M donation
The last I'd heard of the Medal of Honor Museum was when plans for it were announced in 2012. Glad to see it's up and running. Have any of our readers visited it? Here's some information from their web page.
THE MEDAL OF HONOR MUSEUM IS LOCATED ON BOARD THE HISTORIC AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS YORKTOWN.
The Medal of Honor Museum features interactive exhibits that tell the stories of the brave Americans who have served and protected the U.S. with remarkable courage.
The Medal of Honor Museum pays special tribute to American heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice, ranging from the very first Medal of Honor recipients during the Civil War all the way to the War On Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is also home to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. Society members share the distinct honor of wearing our nation's highest award for military valor.
For more information, see:
MEDAL OF HONOR MUSEUM
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NEW MEDAL OF HONOR MUSEUM PLANNED IN CHARLESTON
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