CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Officials at Patriots Point say they are trying to finalize plans for a Medal of Honor Museum, but the organization needs more funding.
The Medal of Honor Foundation says they want to join the Patriots Point Museum, but they are still short on facility expenses.
The plan is to build the Medal of Honor Museum, just off of Patriots Point Road, in the wooded area to the right of the helicopter pad.
The building’s design is ready to go before the Town of Mount Pleasant, but the Medal of Honor Foundation says they are still seeking about $35 million in funding.
Medal of Honor Musuem Foundation Chairman Tommy McQueeney says the two-story building will stand 50 feet high, and include exhibit space, conference rooms, classrooms and an archive space with a picturesque view of the Charleston Harbor.
McQueeney says the museum will foster patriotism and honor our veterans, since several Medal of Honor recipients were from the Lowcountry.
Even with the approval from Patriots Point, and a combined $13 million from the Town of Mount Pleasant, Charleston County, and the state, McQueeney says the foundation still needs to raise about $35 million over the next two and a half years.
Both McQueeney and Patriots Point spokesperson Chris Hauff say they are optimistic about the fundraising, since the Lowcountry has a lot of pride in its military community.
“It will attract 200,000 or so people to the area. So now we’ve got a destination. It’s what the state wanted to build, and that’s what this is becoming, a destination for patriotism,” Hauff said
McQueeney says those that would like to make a donation or help with fundraising will be able to do so on a website the foundation will be setting up in the next week or two.
The Medal of Honor Foundation will also be going before the Mount Pleasant Planning commission next Tuesday, plans state.
McQueeney says they hope to open the facility on Memorial Day 2024.