With funding, new leadership in place, Chattanooga's Medal of Honor center to begin construction

Keith Hardison is the director of the Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Museum.

The past year was marked by milestones for organizers of Chattanooga's planned heritage center to honor Medal of Honor recipients, including surpassing significant financial benchmarks and hiring a new director.

Still, project leaders say the events of 2018 will pale in comparison as the center begins construction this month, initiates the next phase of its capital campaign and unveils a new name and interior design.

"We have finally made it happen," said Maj. Gen. Bill Raines, chairman of the Heritage Center. "We are now going to be able to honor the valor of medal recipients, teach about their character and appreciate how this hard work is going to pay big dividends for our community."

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