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Thursday, November 11, 2021   

NEW YORK -- On this Veterans Day, Americans who honor those who served in the military also can celebrate the news of the National Medal of Honor Museum, set to break ground in Arlington, Texas next year.

New York is the birthplace of seven of the living recipients, most of whom served in the Vietnam War and one in the war in Iraq.

Jack Jacobs a Medal of Honor recipient from New York, earned the military's highest award for his leadership during the Vietnam War. He said the museum is about learning the histories behind our freedom.

"Education is really the only way that you can reach into the future," Jacobs remarked. "If you educate the next generation properly, the exertions of those not-living Medal of Honor recipients, but everybody who served and those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, well, all of that will not have been in vain."

The National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation also is advocating for a national monument for recipients in Washington, D.C. It has been unanimously approved by the U.S. House and is now up to the Senate.

There are only 66 living Medal of Honor recipients.

Chris Cassidy, CEO of Medal of Honor Museum Foundation, a retired U.S. Navy SEAL and NASA astronaut, said that fact creates more urgency to open the museum to document their lives.

"The museum will be a museum of stories, not just memorabilia, but who are those people?" Cassidy explained. "What makes them up? Why would they make those decisions to take those actions? And that's what we want to inspire Americans to go in and see those stories."

Former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama participated in a public-service announcement (PSA) about the museum during the recent "Salute to Service" National Football League game between the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos. In the PSA, Clinton explained the museum's meaning.

"We salute these extraordinary Americans. We will never forget their sacrifices. We will always be inspired by their heroism," Clinton said.

Museum supporters have so far contributed nearly $124 million of the $185 million dollars needed to complete construction.

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