National Medal of Honor Museum Needs a Home

If you’re a sports fan, I hope you’ve had the chance to visit one or more of the professional sports halls of fame.

I’ve had the honor of visiting the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. As well as the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Both were enjoyable experiences for me. It’s a wonderful way to soak in the history of the sport. As well as the personalities who helped make those sports great over the decades.

On my bucket list is visiting the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. And the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Most Prestigious Military Decoration

Professional athletes give us a lot. Guts, determination, talent… and perhaps best of all, a fun diversion from life’s problems.

But there is a group of folks who have given Americans much more than that. And that’s the people who have been given the Medal of Honor through the years.

The Medal of Honor is our nation’s highest and most prestigious military decoration. It was established during the Civil War.

This medal is given to members of the armed forces who are “prominently distinguished by gallantry and intrepidity, risking loss of life above and beyond the call of duty.”

It symbolizes the timeless American ideals of courage, patriotism, sacrifice, integrity and humility.

Destination: Mount Pleasant, S.C.

If anyone deserves to be enshrined in a hall of fame, it is the recipients of the Medal of Honor.

And hopefully they will be before too long. The National Medal of Honor Museum is in development. But it does not yet have an official home.

Board members of the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation say the proposed museum will be built in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

It is slated for completion in 2021. The Foundation is trying to raise approximately $100 million for the project.

Ex-Presidents on Board With Museum

President Harry S. Truman once said, “I would much rather have that Medal around my neck than to be President of the United States.”

All five of the former U.S. presidents are “honorary directors” of the museum. They are Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

The National Medal of Honor Museum will also include an education center. It is aimed at character development in our nation’s youth.

It will give students ways to explore concepts such as courage and patriotism. And how these ideals can be exemplified in daily life.

Medal Recipients ‘Sacrificed So Much’

Joe Daniels is the CEO of the National Medal of Honor Museum. He is also the former president and CEO of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. Here’s what he had to say about the proposed museum.

“We need to preserve the stories of our nation’s Medal of Honor recipients. And harness their power to inspire tens of millions of Americans in current and future generations to carry out the medal’s core values in our everyday lives.”

He continued with this. “Perhaps we can repay, in a small way, those brave Americans on missions around the globe who have sacrificed so much for us by remembering their acts of compassion with a museum that will stand for future generations.”

Spanning 150-Plus Years

Among the 3,522 Medals of Honor that have been given over the years, here are some of the recipients:

  • President Theodore Roosevelt, who was given the medal for his actions in the Battle of San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War. He was awarded the medal posthumously.
  • Mary Edwards Walker, the first female recipient of the award. She was an abolitionist and medical doctor during the Civil War.
  • William Harvey Carney, the first African-American medal recipient, who fought in the Civil War.
  • Audie Murphy, one of the most decorated soldiers in World War II and in U.S. history.
  • Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye, for his heroic actions in Italy during World War II.
  • Marine Jason Dunham, who fell on a live grenade to shield fellow soldiers in Iraq.

Americans Can Make It Happen

The mission of the National Medal of Honor Museum is to commemorate the stories of our Medal of Honor recipients.

And to unite Americans around what it means to be patriotic, as well as inspire us to find the hero within ourselves.

At 4Patriots, we hope enough Americans step up with donations to make the National Medal of Honor Museum a reality.

As Abraham Lincoln was once quoted as saying, “A nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure.”

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