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Correction: Medal of Honor Museum story
Question of the Day
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - In a story Feb. 4 about the National Medal of Honor Museum seeking support from the state of South Carolina, The Associated Press reported erroneously that retired Marine Maj. Gen. James Livingston is South Carolina’s only Medal of Honor recipient. He is the state’s only living Medal of Honor recipient.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Medal of Honor Museum seeks $11 million from SC
Not just about guns and uniforms: Medal of Honor Museum seeks $11 million from SC
By BRUCE SMITH
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Organizers of a $100 million National Medal of Honor Museum on the South Carolina coast are asking state lawmakers to provide $11 million for the project.
“This will bring great exposure to the state of South Carolina. This will put us on the map in a way we are not now as a national and international location,” retired Marine Maj. Gen. James Livingston, the state’s only living Medal of Honor recipient, told a House budget subcommittee.
Plans for the museum at the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum in Mount Pleasant were announced in 2012. The land is being leased to the museum by the state for 99 years for $1 a year.
Livingston asked lawmakers to provide $1 million in initial support and then $2 million a year for five years. He said the project has been extensively studied and a business plan developed.
He added the location on Charleston Harbor is fitting because the Medal of Honor was established during the Civil War, which began with the bombardment of Fort Sumter in the harbor.
A master museum plan envisions, among other attractions, a uniform collection, a large format theater where visitors can learn about sacrifices for freedom, a Great Hall honoring the recipients and an interactive media gallery where visitors can hear each recipient’s story.
“Think about it as a place where young Americans or older Americans can come in the front door and come out re-energized about what we are as a people,” Livingston said. “It’s not about guns and uniforms. It’s about a message to reinforce what we should be as a country.”
State Rep. Chip Limehouse, the chairman of the subcommittee, said getting the money won’t be easy. “That’s a big ask, particularly in this budget year, but you don’t get it if you don’t ask,” he said.
The state money would be added to funds raised through a nationwide fundraising campaign by the nonprofit National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation.
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