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Veterans' Stories to Live On at TX National Medal of Honor Museum

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Friday, March 31, 2023   

Construction of the Medal of Honor Museum and Foundation is under way in Arlington, Texas - a place to pay tribute to those who've earned the nation's highest military award for valor in combat.

It was 160 years ago this week that President Abraham Lincoln gave out the first medals to those who distinguished themselves in combat. Leaders from the National Medal of Honor Foundation, including Texas' retired Army Gen. Patrick Brady, gathered in Washington, D.C., for a commemoration ceremony. Brady said for him, the medal represents ideals that make a nation great.

"We're trying to establish the values that are pillars of American excellence - courage, sacrifice and patriotism - and get young people to understand those things are important, to our survival and to their success in life," he said.

Since 1863, about 3,500 men and one woman have received the Medal of Honor, 65 of whom are still living. A bill is set to be introduced in Congress that would also approve a monument for the National Mall in Washington.

Chris Cassidy, president and CEO of the National Medal of Honor Foundation, said the museum will bring recipients' stories of heroism and bravery to life for generations to come.

"We're focused on the stories of normal Americans who did something completely above and beyond when the nation needed it," he said, "and what we aim to do is inspire people to be more courageous in their own lives, through stories of the Medal of Honor recipients."

Cassidy said the museum in Arlington is expected to open in March 2025.

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