Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center holds Celebration of Valor luncheon
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn —
Hundreds of people gathered at the Chattanooga Convention Center for the annual fundraiser for the Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center.
Three military Generals and one Colonel spoke to veterans, local leaders, business executives, and other guests at the Celebration of Valor Luncheon in Chattanooga.
Retired Army Colonel Jimmy Blackmon was the featured speaker. He's an author and combat veteran who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Charles H. Coolidge, the only living Medal of Honor recipient from the State of Tennessee, attended the event.
Coolidge's son, Retired Air Force Lieutenant General Charles Coolidge Jr., said he hopes more people hear the stories of these Medal of Honor recipients, and that's part of the plan behind the launch of the new Medal of Honor Heritage Center.
They want to honor our nations heroes, but also to inspire all of us.
"The mission is really to tell other people they can do the same thing," LTG Coolidge said. "It's a matter of reaching out of their comfort zone and doing something they're not used to."
Organizers of the luncheon said today that this event was a big success, but they also say there's a lot more work to be done.
"We have a crew going down to a couple museums in two weeks," Retired Army Major General Bill Raines said. "We're gonna build world class exhibits. They're gonna be high tech, immersive, entertaining, and educational all at the same time. That's a big task."
The New Charles H Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center will be next to the Aquarium in Downtown Chattanooga, and is expected to open in 2020.