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.
Any Nation that does not honor it’s heroes will not long endure
THE MEDAL OF HONOR
Created in 1861 by President Abraham Lincoln, the Medal of Honor is our nation’s highest, and rarest, military decorattion. It is bestowed by the President of the United States, in the name of Congress, upon members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguish themselves through “Conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against the enemy of the United States.”
Approximately 3,500 individuals have received the Medal, many of which were posthumously awarded.
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.
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.