Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum announced plans this week that it has entered into an agreement with the Congressional Medal of Honor Society to develop a permanent landside location for the National Medal of Honor Museum on Charleston Harbor.
The endeavor – arguably the most significant decision to come from Patriots Point in decades – will have a lasting positive economic impact on the Charleston area and South Carolina, and will serve to inspire generations of Americans.
“We are honored that the Congressional Medal of Honor Society has recognized our unique mission and location.” Chandler continued. “Every South Carolinian should be proud that the recipients of our nation’s highest honor selected our state and Patriots Point as the home of their legacy.”
The PPDA Board and the Congressional Medal of Honor Society will jointly seek Congressional designation of the site as the National Medal of Honor Museum.
Chandler also announced that an organizing committee has been selected to begin the process of creating the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation. Organizing Committee members include Wayne Adams, PPDA Board Vice Chair and Chairman of the Development Committee; Darwin Simpson, PPDA Board Member and Chairman of the Finance and Personnel Committee; Carlyle Blakeney, Chairman of the Patriots Point Foundation; Major General James E. Livingston, Medal of Honor recipient and member of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society; and George Patton Waters, member of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.
The National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation will hold a lease from PPDA for the property and will be responsible for raising funds to design, build and operate the museum. No operating funds from Patriots Point Development Authority will be used for construction or operation of the museum.
The project is expected to cost more than $100 million. In addition, the museum will be supported by a multi-million dollar hospitality and consumer component that will feature a world-class destination hotel with amenities, including a conference center.