National Medal of Honor Foundation announces finalist for new museum location

Julia LeDoux
June 26, 2019 - 3:29 pm
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National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation

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Site location for the National Medal of Honor Museum has been narrowed to either Denver, Colorado or Arlington, Texas.

“Public and private leaders from both cities have expressed a strong desire to help the museum in its mission to further unite us all around what it means to be patriotic, to inspire us to find the hero within ourselves, and to preserve the stories of our nation’s Medal of Honor recipients for future generations,” said Joe Daniels, president and CEO of the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation.  “We are deeply grateful.”

According to Daniels, the museum will offer an experience that draws personal and emotional connections to Medal of Honor recipients and their stories, while shedding light on the wars in which they fought and the ideals that the Medal of Honor represents.

The non-profit foundation is the educational institution organized to design, fund, build and maintain the National Medal of Honor Museum and Education Center, which will be funded principally through donations from the private sector.

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The site location search was launched in October 2018 with the goal of ensuring the new museum would have the highest impact on the most number of people possible.

The Medal of Honor is the nation’s highest and most prestigious military honor. It has been awarded to more than 3,500 service members since the first medal was presented in 1863.

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The foundation will also work with Congress to create the first-ever monument in Washington, D.C.., dedicated to honoring Medal of Honor recipients. The Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial will join other national landmarks on the National Mall, according to MoH recipient Master Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Britt Slabinski.

MoH museum interior rendering
National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation

“The service and patriotism of my fellow Medal of Honor recipients and those we served with should be told on a national stage,” he said. “The National Medal of Honor Museum will protect and project that legacy by building a museum in America's heartland, Denver or Arlington, and a Medal of Honor monument on the national mall in our nation's capital. This will create additional opportunities for millions of visitors to experience and learn those stories.”

The foundation is expected to enter into detailed discussions with members of the Arlington and Denver communities during the final phase of the site selection process, which will run through September. During this part of the process, the foundation will evaluate the timeline for the conveyance of a potential museum location, the potential support of private individuals and organizations, and other program possibilities within each city.

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