The Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center is launching a podcast Wednesday to highlight the character traits necessary to win the highest military honor.
The "Valorcast" will feature personal stories from Medal of Honor winners on citizenship, commitment, courage, integrity, patriotism and sacrifice. Each episode will include life lessons that translate from the fields of war to daily life, according to the announcement.
Season one of the podcast will feature stories from medal winners Gary Beikirch, Pat Brady, Sammy L. Davis, Gary Littrel, Joe Marm, Mike Thornton and Matt Williams.
The Heritage Center opened in February after a yearslong process of planning and building. Since the medal's creation, nearly 3,500 have been awarded. The 19,000-square-foot center near the Tennessee Aquarium features an interactive education program for area schools so students can learn about the recipients and their shared values.
Retired medal recipient Sgt. 1st Class Sammy L. Davis said the character traits of the Medal of Honor are important for everyone to learn, from children to adults.
"It's not just in the Medal of Honor character development program," Davis said in a statement. "It is what life revolves around, and that's one of the reasons that the recipients believe in it so much. This is what we're teaching the young students when we go to schools all over the United States."
Keith Hardison, executive director, said the heritage center is excited to reopen after having to close its doors shortly after the grand opening because of concerns about the spread of COVID-19. The new podcast comes as the center plans its reopening for May 23 with free admission for children 12 and under until July 1.
"We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit," Hardison said in a statement. "This includes a regular professional cleaning and disinfecting regimen, hand sanitizing stations, staff and volunteers equipped with masks, complimentary masks available for guests who wish to use them, management of social distancing guidelines and a multi-sensory, touch-less experience when you download our app to your cell phone."
The Heritage Center's "Valorcast" will be available on iTunes and Spotify.
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