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Monument, Museum for Medal of Honor Move Forward

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Wednesday, March 29, 2023   

March marks 160 years since the creation of the Medal of Honor by President Abraham Lincoln. Numerous Medal of Honor awardees have been in Washington, D.C., recently to discuss ideas for a proposed Medal of Honor museum in Texas and a monument on the National Mall.

Col. Jack Jacobs, U.S. Army (Ret.), a Medal of Honor recipient for his actions during the Vietnam War, said to him, one of the most significant values the medal represents is comradeship.

"One of the things you learn when times are extremely difficult, when people are ardently trying to kill you, is that you have two things that you have to do," Jacobs explained. "One is to accomplish the mission. Don't forget that you're defending the Republic. You've been entrusted with the responsibility of taking care of the futures of 330,000,000 people, but that you also have to take care of each other."

Jacobs noted there is a lot the monument should embody, but he feels it should focus on the people who have given their lives to protect the freedoms of the United States. Since the Medal of Honor's creation, a little over 3,500 people have received the award. Of those, only 65 are alive today.

Chris Cassidy, president and CEO of the Medal of Honor Museum and Foundation, noted it is a project designed to bring people together. Given the current polarized state of the U.S., Cassidy feels it will play an important role. He said the overarching message of the museum, and the work to bring it to life, is to inspire Americans.

"We're focused on the stories of normal Americans who did something completely above and beyond, when the nation needed it," Cassidy emphasized. "Not every visitor will be somebody that's going to put a uniform on. But courage is required in all aspects of one's life. We aim to inspire people to be more courageous in their own lives."

A final site for the monument is still being narrowed down, and the museum is slated to open late next year in Arlington, Texas.


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