South Carolina plans Medal of Honor museum

August 3, 2012 by  

On August 1st, officials with the Naval and Maritime Museum at Patriots Point announced that a Museum for the Medal of Honor would be built on the high ground of Charleston Harbor, near Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, on Patriots Point to honor the recipients of the award that is highest for valor in the nation.

The Patriots Point Development Authority which is spearheading this $100 million project is no doubt using poster printing and flyer printing to spread the word about the museum so that Patriots Point can become a destination for people across the nation.

According to Ray Chandler, the Patriots Point Development Authority Chairman, the new museum is designed to replace a smaller one aboard the World War II aircraft carrier Yorktown. In addition, the Authority, together with the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, has signed a letter of agreement.

Funding for the new museum will come from a national foundation that will be created to raise funds, lease the property and construct the museum, says Ashley Smith, a spokeswoman from Patriots Point. She added that there is no timetable yet as to when the museum will be completed.

A South Carolina recipient of the Medal and a member of the organizing committee for the foundation, retired Major General James Livingston, wants to speed up the process as there are only 81 of 3,456 recipients of the medal who are still living.

Current plans for the Museum include a collection of uniforms, a theater with a large format with multiple video screens that will enable visitors to learn about sacrifices for freedom, an interactive media gallery for learning about the stories of the recipients and a Great Hall that will honor the recipients.