Medal of Honor Heritage Center Set for Grand Opening

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- The public can now learn more about the rich history of war heroes at the new Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center.

“The Medal of honor is our highest award for valor in the military. Of the millions of people who have served, only 3,508 have received this medal” said Director of Development Jules Parker.

In every gallery is a story of regular people, who have now become larger than life.

“We want to connect people with heritage of the Medal of Honor and the character traits that are associated with which are, patriotism, citizenship, courage, integrity, and sacrifice” said Parker.

The Heritage Center recognizes heroes who made a difference all over the world. showcasing their bravery during their historic time periods of war. Three heroes being honored have a little something in common with both Tennessee and Georgia.

“We have Doctor Mary Walker who is the only female Medal of Honor recipient and she actually received her medal for her actions right here in the Chattanooga area” said Curator Molly Randolph.

Sergeant Alvin York, one of the most decorated soldiers of World War I, was born in Fentress County Tennessee.

William Carson was a soldier in the Battle of Chickamauga and is the only musician to receive the prestigious award.

Life-cast mannequins designed and shipped from Brooklyn, New York arrived early Thursday morning.

“All three of those figures are going to be in vignettes that are showing more about the actions that led to their medal of honor” said Randolph.

During our sneak peak visit, I noticed the attention to detail on inclusion.

“We really wanted this exhibit to showcase how diverse and long lasting the Medal of Honor story was. Recipients can come from anywhere. Any background, any gender, any socio-economic status. We also wanted to show the humanity behind these individuals” said Randolph.

So what can you expect when you walk through these doors during its grand opening?

“They’ll be able to walk the Medal of honor story from t he Civil War to current day. They’ll be able to see recipients throughout that time. and then they’ll also be able to see to see our changing exhibit gallery where we have 13 Medals of Honor on display” said Randolph.

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