CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A heritage center dedicated to the Medal of Honor will establish itself in Tennessee.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that The Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center launched its veterans charter membership campaign to open its doors by 2020.

The center plans to open in a 19,000-square-foot (1800-sq. meter), two-story building in downtown Chattanooga that was to house the failed Chattanooga History Center, after community objections to a plan to build a 6,800-square-foot (630-sq. meter) facility in Coolidge Park.

Center board chairman Maj. Gen. Bill Raines says the facility is not intended to be a monument to the United States’ highest military honor, but rather an educational and inspiring center that tells recipients’ stories and honors integral character traits.


Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

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