Families and friends gathered March 25, 2023 at the entrance to the Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center to honor loved ones who have served our country in the military. Reverend Judge John W. McClarty, third from right, sits near his name as well as other names of members of AMVETS#36 (American Vietnam) whose names were recently inscribed in the brick walkway. (CNC Faye Stoudemire)
At left, you may recognize some of the names recently inscribed (March 2023) on bricks at the entrance to the Charles H. Coolidge Medal Of Honor Heritage Center. (CNC Faye Stoudemire)

They say that in order to create lasting memories, you must first pave the way. You can help pave the way by supporting the new Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center by purchasing a Brick of Honor to honor a fellow veteran, friend, loved one, or member of your family, or your business for the world to see. The bricks are presently being laid at the entrance of the Medal of Honor Heritage Center. 

Opened on Feb. 22, 2020, the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center is located in the heart of where its heritage started back in 1862-1863 – Chattanooga, Tenn. The Heritage Center’s mission focuses on protecting and preserving the important heritage of our country’s highest military award for valor – the Medal of Honor – and serves as a lasting tribute to all Medal of Honor recipients – from the first recipients of the Medal in and around Chattanooga during 1862-1863 to those who have received this honor since – including the 32 recipients accredited to the state of Tennessee.

More importantly, the Heritage Center’s mission centers around our collaboration with the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and its Character Development Program. Through this program, we are working to educate the next generation of Americans about the six-character traits that embody the Medal of Honor – Patriotism, Citizenship, Courage, Integrity, Sacrifice, and Commitment – and inspiring them to emulate these six values to make an impact in their community. With each passing day, I believe this mission is becoming more and more relevant as we, and our children, look for inspiration on how to face and overcome the challenges we are facing today. 

 With your Brick of Valor, you can help support and sustain this lasting tribute to these genuine American heroes who represent the best and bravest values of all who have served and sacrificed in defense of our nation. If you have questions or need information, please send an email to or call (423) 877-2525.

From left, Henry Slayton, AMVETS # 36; Noah Long, Member-at-Large, Executive Committee MOHHC; Joe Gipson, AMVETS # 36; guest speaker, Charles K. Hide, CEO, Partnership For Families, Children and Adults and retired Brigadier General US. Air Force; John Edwards, III, Board of Trustees MOHHC,& AMVETS# 36; Linda Mines, Vice Chair Executive Committee MOHHC; John Coolidge, volunteer and son of Charles H. Coolidge; and the Reverend Judge John W. McClarty. (Photo: CNC Faye Stoudemire)