The South Carolina General Assembly honored plans to build the Medal of Honor Museum in Mount Pleasant during a presentation before the House of Representatives Tuesday.
House Speaker Bobby Harrell recognized Medal of Honor recipient Marine Major General James E. Livingston and then gave his support for the building of the museum.
“General Livingston and the Congressional Medal of Honor Society are seeking to establish a permanent stand-alone national museum on Patriot’s Point to give this medal’s history and its recipients the stand-alone recognition they deserve,” says Harrell.
Gen. Livingston received the Medal of Honor for his actions in Vietnam in 1968. He is a South Carolina native and is on the foundation organizing the museum.
“The Medal of Honor started during the Civil War. The Civil War started in Charleston, South Carolina, and I think it’s just a reflection of that legacy,” Livingston told South Carolina Radio Network afterwards. “It really means a lot to me personally. It means a lot to all the recipients. And hopefully it’s going to mean a lot to the people of South Carolina.”
Livingston says that museum at Patriots Point will have significant economic impact on the state. He said the museum’s layout will be set up in order to leave a legacy for future generations to see.
“The museum will have a Medal of Honor board. We have advisors from the Medal of Honor Society who will make sure the contents of the board reflect the spirit of the Medal of Honor recipients,” says Livingston.
Last week, the state Budget and Control Board approved a 99-year lease at $1 a year for the new museum.
The general said they hope to have to museum up and running in 5 years, but they need more fundraising before an exact date can be set. He said they still need $100 million before they can complete the project.