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Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center prepares for annual fundraiser

Price of Freedom: Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center

The Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center is holding their annual fundraising luncheon Tuesday, August 22.

Thursday, August 17, is the final day to buy tickets for the event.

The Heritage Center has had an annual fundraiser for years, but they are launching something brand new. This year the event is a luncheon called the Celebration of Valor. The organizers are reaching out to veterans and their families, but they really want this to be an event for the entire community.

There are so many ties to The Medal of Honor in Chattanooga. 33 Medals of Honor were awarded from battles in this area during the Civil War. We've had heroes with ties to this region who received the Medal of Honor including Paul Huff, Desmond Doss, Alvin C. York, and Charles Coolidge.

The organizers want to build on that history, and build for the future. They say it's a new day for the Medal of Honor Heritage Center.

Charles Googe, the Executive Director of the Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center, said, "With the new day for the Medal of Honor Heritage Center our core push is for education so all of our events such as this luncheon event the proceeds will go toward operations to help us promote outreach."

The Heritage Center also just announced plans for a brand new location, and they're working hard on making that happen as well. So there are a lot of exciting things happening with the organization.

The Celebration of Valor will have a number of veterans telling their stories, and a whole lot more.

Becky English, The Event Chair Celebration of Valor Luncheon, said, "this is an event that I foresee people kinda coming together and saying 'Okay this is a pretty neat idea.' The Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center is something that has been in the works for a while. It's finally coming to fruition in a great location, but I think that we not only pursue having it built to honor our past I think if we want to have relativity we really have to look at connecting it to the future."

his year's guest speaker is Jimmy Blackmon. He grew up in Gordon County, Georgia. He is a combat veteran who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. Blackmon is an author and he travels the country speaking about leadership.

For information on how to get tickets go to the Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center's website.

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