The National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation is a 501(c)(3) educational institution organized to design, fund, build and maintain the new museum and education center that will:
- Preserve the stories of Medal recipients and present them to new generations sorely in need of true heroes to look up to and to emulate;
- Help our visitors understand what it means to put service above self and the meaning and price of freedom;
- Inspire them about the ideals of patriotism, leadership and courage, and encourage them to embrace their responsibilities as citizens in a democracy; and
- Serve as an education center that, through various programs, reaches out across the country to further the Medal’s ideals among all Americans, especially our nation’s youth.
The Congressional Medal of Honor Society, whose membership consists of the living Medal recipients, has designated this as the National Medal of Honor Museum. Members of the Society serve on the Foundation’s board and comprise a steering committee that will review all museum exhibits and programs to ensure they are consistent with the Society’s mission. Their interest is not in a monument to themselves, but rather a learning center that focuses on sending important messages to our youth about patriotism, leadership and courage.Back to Top
To preserve and present the extraordinary stories of individuals who reached the highest levels of recognition, “above and beyond the call of duty,” in service to the nation.
To inspire current and future generations about the ideals of courage, integrity, patriotism, leadership and sacrifice; to help them understand the meaning and price of freedom; and to encourage them to embrace their responsibilities as citizens in a democracy.
Recognize and honor those who have served our country.
Design, fund, build and maintain state-of-the-art facilities for the orientation, comfort and education of visitors.
Preserve, protect and acquire key artifacts and archival materials related to the Medal of Honor and its recipients, helping to create a tangible link between visitors and the heroes who have sacrificed for the nation.
Present exhibits, programs and services designed to engage diverse audiences and enhance their understanding of and appreciation for the stories of the Congressional Medal of Honor and Medal of Honor recipients, and the values associated with the Medal.
Raise awareness of and support for the work of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, including its Character Development Program. Educational programs, on-site and through outreach, will focus on the values and ideals of the Medal of Honor – courage, integrity, patriotism, leadership and sacrifice.
Through an Institute of Leadership, combine the legacies of the Medal of Honor and its recipients with the resources of the museum to help leaders in the business, education and government communities make decisions that will have a positive impact on their organizations’ success.
Use changing exhibits, special programs and seasonal offerings to help ensure the success of Patriots Point as a premiere destination, to optimize visitors’ length of stay and to encourage repeat visitation.
The museum will be designed to appeal to the broadest possible audience, exciting and inspiring visitors of all ages, learning styles, objectives and physical abilities.
The museum will help visitors make personal and emotional connections to recipients of the Medal of Honor and the events that prompted their sacrifices.
Exhibits, programs and activities will meet the highest standards for preservation, conservation and curatorial care of the artifacts and will be designed and developed with maintenance requirements in mind. They will take full advantage of scholarship, technology and learning techniques.
To facilitate coordination and communication, the museum will have sufficient space to accommodate the offices of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.
The museum will be designed to meet energy and environmental sustainability standards.Back to Top
The National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation Board is increasing in size, with additional appointments reflecting the scope and significance of the project.
Board of Directors
William W. Phillips, ChairmanMorgan StanleyMenlo Park, California
W. Carlyle Blakeney, TreasurerSenior Broker, Ravenel Commercial PropertiesCharleston, South Carolina
Bryan Reid, SrPresident & CEO, Pioneer Log HomesWilliams Lake, British Columbia
Major General Darwin H. Simpson, USA (Ret.)Former President & CEO, Univar CorporationSpartanburg, South Carolina
Peter StentRancher/PhilanthropistGardnerville, NV
Richard C. WebelPresident, Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, Inc.Landrum, South Carolina
Major James Taylor, USA (Ret.)Medal of Honor RecipientPenn Valley, California
Mark K. UpdegroveCEO, National Medal of Honor MuseumCharleston, South Carolina
Gary Sinise Actor, Film Director, Musician Founder, Gary Sinise Foundation Woodland Hills, CaliforniaBack to Top
Mark K. Updegrove Chief Executive Officer
The Steering Committee, appointed by and composed entirely of members of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, will review and approve all National Medal of Honor Museum exhibits and programs.
Patrick Brady, Chairman
Bruce P. Crandall
Donald BallardBack to Top