Colorado loses out to Texas city for National Medal of Honor Museum

Medal of Honor. Courtesy MGN/U.S. Army
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DENVER (KKTV) - The first-ever National Medal of Honor Museum is expected to be built in a Texas city over Denver.

The decision came out Wednesday afternoon according to a release from the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation. The non-profit educational organization was created to preserve and present the stories of the nation's Medal of Honor recipients.

The board had to choose between Denver or Arlington by the end of Wednesday.

“Arlington, Texas is the optimal location to build America’s next national treasure - the National Medal of Honor Museum,” said Joe Daniels, President and CEO of the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation in a release. “All of us at the Museum were simply overwhelmed with the enthusiasm, warmth and level of commitment of those involved, who have worked beyond expectation to have the Museum come to Texas. Seventy recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor have lived in the region and nearly 1.8 million veterans and active duty military currently call Texas home. Centuries of American history are filled with examples of selfless heroism and love of country shown by the men and women of this great state. We look forward to partnering with Governor Abbott, Mayor Williams, public and private leaders, and the entire North Texas community as we carry out our important mission - to honor our nation’s Medal of Honor recipients for future generations.”

An architect for the museum is expected to be selected in 2020.

In addition to building its Arlington home, the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation looks forward to working with the United States Congressional Delegation from Texas to create the first-ever monument in Washington, D.C., dedicated to honoring the more than 3,500 Medal of Honor recipients. The Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial will join other national landmarks in the nation’s capital, and draw a maximum level of visibility and support from every corner of the United States.