Denver Among Finalists For Medal Of Honor Museum

Denver Among Finalists For Medal Of Honor Museum


WE REALLY WENT FOR IT AND WE PUSHED THE BOUNDARIES I THINK. IT COULD BE A MUSEUM UNLIKE ANYTHING DENVER HAS HAD BEFORE. A TRIBUTE TO SERVICE MEMBERS WHO HAVE RECEIVED THE HIGHEST MILITARY AWARD, A MUSEUM DEDICATED TO THE MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS. IT COULD BE THE NEXT MAJOR VENUE TO DRAW TOURISTS FROM ALL OVER THE GLOBE TO DENVER. JEFF TODD HAS BEEN REPORTING ON THIS SINCE DENVER WAS ANNOUNCED AS A FINALIST. JEFF, YOU TALKED WITH THE MAN WHO WANTS TO BUILD IT. Reporter: KAREN, WE WERE TOLD THIS WILL BE AMERICA’S NEXT NATIONAL TREASURE, A PLACE TO HONOR THE 3,500 MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS RIGHT ACROSS FROM THE STATE CAPITOL. THERE’S A COMMITTEE IN TOWN ALL WEEK STUDYING IF DENVER CAN BE THE BEST LOCATION AND WE FOUND OUT THAT THE MAN LEADING ALL THAT HAS BUILT A MUSEUM LIKE THIS BEFORE FROM THE GROUND UP. THIS MUSEUM IS ABOUT PRESERVING THE STORIES AND THE LEGACIES OF THE HIGHEST AWARD OUR NATION GIVES FOR VALOR IN COMBAT. Reporter: 22 MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS HAVE TIES TO COLORADO AND THE STATE’S RICH HISTORY WITH THE MILITARY RUNS DEEP. THAT’S JUST PART OF THE REASON THE MEDAL OF HONOR MUSEUM IS EYEING THIS PIECE OF DENVER TO CALL HOME. IT’S A TREMENDOUS HONOR AND THIS COUNTRY SHOULD HAVE A NATIONAL MUSEUM THAT PRESERVES THEIR STORIES. Reporter: JOE DANIELS HAS MADE A CAREER TELLING THE COUNTRY’S MOST IMPORTANT STORIES. I REMEMBER STARING UP A THOUSAND FEET IN THE AIR AND JUST SEEING THIS BLACK SMOKE POUR OUT OF THE BUILDING. Reporter: HE WAS AT GROUND ZERO AND EVENTUALLY SPENT A DECADE LEADING THE 9/11 MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM. I SAW THE POWER OF WHEN YOU CAN TELL THESE STORIES OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN THROUGH AND DONE INCREDIBLE THINGS, YOU CAN REALLY TOUCH PEOPLE EMOTIONALLY. Reporter: NOW HE’S HOPING TO DO THE SAME WITH THE MEDAL OF HONOR MUSEUM SHARING STORIES OF WAR AND BRAVERY THAT CAN INSPIRE OTHERS. ONE OF THE BIGGEST HURDLES IS A $150 MILLION PRICE TAG THAT WILL NEED TO BE COVERED WITH DONATIONS. BECOMING INVOLVED IN A PROJECT WHEN IT’S JUST PLANNED ON PAPER, STICKING WITH THAT PROJECT UNTIL THE DAY THAT WE OPEN WILL MAKE PEOPLE REALLY TAKE A TRUE SENSE OF PRIDE AND ACHIEVEMENT. Reporter: THIS COMMITTEE WILL BE BACK OUT IN COLORADO A FEW MORE TIMES, BUT WE ARE EXPECTING TO FIND OUT IF DENVER GETS THIS MUSEUM IN OCTOBER.

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