Published Sept. 23, 2013
The final step has been completed to allow the Medal of Honor Museum Foundation to begin raising money for construction of the museum at Patriots Point.
The Congressional Medal of Honor Society met in Gettysburg, Pa., to sign an agreement supporting the museum’s location at Patriots Point, as well as congressional designation of the museum of a National Medal of Honor Museum, according to a news release. Patriots Point Development Authority Chairman Ray Chandler announced the signing late last week.
The $100 million National Medal of Honor Museum is projected to open within 10 years and will be located on property adjacent to the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum. In addition to the museum, a hotel, retail and other amenities are proposed for the 12-acre site.
The Patriots Point Development Authority board passed a resolution in January to allow construction of the museum and a retail space. The authority will lease a parcel to the museum foundation for $1 a year for 99 years and offer the group the option to lease a second commercial parcel.
“This is a tremendous honor for Patriots Point and the state of South Carolina,” Chandler said. “The recipients of our nation’s highest honor for gallantry in combat could have chosen any city in our nation as the home of their legacy museum and would have been welcomed with open arms. The fact that they chose Patriots Point and our state speaks volumes for our reputation as a bastion of patriotism and national pride.”