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National Medal of Honor Museum planned to open in Arlington

The striking design of the new museum was recently revealed to the public a year after its first announcement at a Dallas Cowboys game. The museum has plans to become a new landmark of American history. It will honor US military service members and close to four-thousand Medal of Honor recipients, showcasing the harrowing stories of valor that led to them receiving the medals. The other purpose of the museum is to educate its visitors, who will learn not only those stories, but also how they affected US history.

The building itself is being designed by acclaimed architect Rafael Viñoly. The Uruguayan architect is recipient of the unrelated American Institute of Architects’ Medal of Honor and the Neutra Medal for Professional Excellence. Viñoly is most well-known for designing the Tokyo National Forum, but was also a finalist for the World Trade Center competition and has designed beautiful buildings and structures all over the world. Despite having many prominent creations, this new museum will likely be his most famous American work yet.

So far, nearly $70 million has been raised towards the new museum since its original announcement one year ago. It plans to raise even more funds in the next few years under the direction of Joe Daniels, President of the museum, and Charlotte Jones, Chair of the museum and Executive Vice President for the Dallas Cowboys. The museum will be built in Arlington’s bustling entertainment district, where it will share space with some of Texas’ biggest attractions: Six Flags, the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium, and the Texas Rangers’ field.

The National Medal of Honor Museum is currently planned to be finished by 2024, almost one-hundred and seventy years after the Medal of Honor was first instated. Though it’ll be years until we’ll finally see it in person, there are a number of ways to help the museum out now.

Through the National Medal of Honor Museum’s website, mohmuseum.org, you can make donations, sign up for their newsletter, or sign a petition to erect a brand-new National Medal of Honor monument. If you have a Medal of Honor recipient family member or ancestor, the museum is also accepting stories and select memorabilia to help remember their stories.

The National Medal of Honor Museum hopes to not only educate its visitors, but to inspire them to live their lives the best way they can. It’s an honor for Arlington and the Dallas area to be able to bring this to our area, and we hope the museum is here before we know it. 

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