IT’S ABOUT ALL WHO SERVED.”
Medal of Honor Recipient
Today, Coolidge Park is everyone’s favorite place to play. But did you know Coolidge Park was created in 1945 as a tribute to Chattanooga’s own Medal of Honor recipient, Charles H. Coolidge? Even then, Mr. Coolidge insisted that the park not simply honor him, but everyone who served our country.
The new Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center will fulfill this mission. Please take a moment to get the facts—and join us in supporting this worthy effort. We also invite the community to attend our upcoming public meeting to discuss the proposed Charles H. Coolidge Heritage Center at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 3rd, at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre in Coolidge Park.
GET THE FACTS
The Medal of Honor Heritage Center will require a building footprint of only 1/10 (one-tenth) of an acre out of a total of 10.3 acres in Coolidge Park.
Charles Coolidge and his family are among our community’s strongest advocates for protecting and preserving Coolidge Park. The Coolidge family strongly supports this project and believes it will enhance the park and fulfill the original intent of Coolidge Park as it was dedicated in 1945: a public place to honor the brave men and women who served and continue to serve our country.
The Medal of Honor Heritage Center will be a two-story building with a footprint of 4,000 square feet that will honor Charles Coolidge and several other Medal of Honor recipients. The building will also educate residents and visitors about the extraordinary sacrifices of those who went above and beyond the call of duty to preserve the freedoms we all enjoy today.
Chattanooga is the birthplace of the Medal of Honor, which makes it the ideal location for the Heritage Center. The very first Medals of Honor were awarded for actions near Chattanooga in 1862 related to Andrews’ Raid (The Great Locomotive Chase), which resulted in 19 medals, along with Campaign of Chattanooga in 1863, accounting for an additional 33 medals. Other area recipients include Mary Edwards Walker, the only female who earned the Medal of Honor for her heroic actions during the Civil War’s Chattanooga Campaign of 1863, Desmond Doss, the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor, and of course, Chattanooga’s own Charles H. Coolidge.
The Medal of Honor Heritage Center has a strong business plan that includes a 2 million dollar endowment to ensure its long-term sustainability. The plan was developed by two Ph.D professors from the College of Business for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
This project will not break ground until an appropriate level of funding for the capital campaign has been secured. At this time, the Medal of Honor Heritage Center has no plans of approaching local government about contributing to the capital campaign.