MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – There used to be no question that the National Medal of Honor Museum would sit at Patriot’s Point.
That’s no longer the case as it was announced that other locations are now being looked at.
At Tuesday’s Town Council meeting, council directly addressed the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation CEO.
“Ten years that we’re doing this but all the sudden two months, all the votes switch, and now you’re gone and I don’t think you’re ever coming back quite frankly,” said council member Tom O’Rourke.
“I know it happened fast, all I can say is I had zero intention, the organization had zero intention of coming in and taking the project away because we still think this is such a special place. It does come down to the numbers and the board felt, again with the new board members, that we need to at least look at our potential other opportunities,” said Joe Daniels, CEO of the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation.
According to Mayor Will Haynie, the single biggest problem with the decision is that there’s a contract keeping them at Patriot’s Point.
“Well, the biggest problem is there’s a contract that has been honored by all the other parties to that contract. The town is not a party to that, but binds them here to 2023 and the Town and the State of South Carolina have stood by them during a lot of inner turmoil, a lot of ups and downs, a lot of changes in their leadership,” Haynie said.
A special guest spoke at Tuesday’s meeting, one of the 74 living Medal of Honor recipients.
“This museum is about service and sacrifice. It’s about having a young kid go through the front door, and come out the back door, and be motivated by what Americans are about,” said Maj. Gen. James Livingston.
Livingston went on to say he feels Mount Pleasant is still the best place for the museum.
There’s still a chance the museum could end up at Patriot’s Point. Essentially, it would have to be asked for against other cities in the running when it was already promised to this area.