Arlington Makes Pitch For Medal Of Honor Museum

Alan Scaia
August 29, 2019 - 3:58 pm

National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation

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ARLINGTON (1080 KRLD) - The developers of a national Medal of Honor museum have met with city leaders in Arlington to talk about the city as a potential destination. They have named Arlington and Denver, Colorado the two finalists for the $150 million project.

"Here we are, the home to America's team, America's pastime. Certainly, America's museum ought to be the American Dream City," says Mayor Jeff Williams.

The city has offered space between Globe Life Park and the Arlington ESports Stadium and Expo Center.

The chief executive of the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation says the facility will honor all service members and veterans in addition to 3,500 Medal of Honor recipients.

"You can feel the heart of this city. It beats for this country," says Joseph Daniels.

Williams says the museum in Arlington would draw visitors because it is within walking distance of the convention center, Globe Life Park, Texas Live! and AT&T Stadium.​ He says the museum would draw visitors from across the country.

"Everyone who goes to the museum district in Fort Worth is going to want to come here, same with the arts district in Dallas," he says. "We're very encouraged about the opportunity to really have America experience this museum."

Congressman Ron Wright says the museum would also boost Arlington's profile.

"This is going to be the reason they come, and they're going to come from all over the country," he says. "It's going to be a tremendous addition to what we have in Arlington. They're going to come and say, 'Well, we might as well go to Six Flags while we're here.' It's a perfect fit."

Wright says every member of Texas' Congressional delegation has signed a letter of support for the museum in Arlington.

"The type of environment you have in Texas is we're very patriotic. It's in our DNA; our love of freedom, our love of American ideals," he says.

Daniels says he is planning another visit to both Denver and Arlington next month. He says the foundation will make a decision October 2.