Multi-year sponsorship will support the Museum’s Texas student field trip program and Texas active-duty military program
Arlington, Texas – The Texas Lottery Commission announced today it will provide $2 million to the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation (NMOHMF) for a multi-year sponsorship and promotional arrangement that will support Museum programs aimed at ensuring the facility’s accessibility to Texas students and active-duty service members when it opens its doors in 2025.
The $2 million sponsorship will fund the Texas student field trip program, which will lower the admissions cost by approximately 75% for Texas schools to bring students to the National Medal of Honor Museum. It will also fund the Museum’s Texas military program, making admissions completely free for active-duty Texans.
NMOHMF President and CEO Chris Cassidy expressed his gratitude on behalf of the Museum Foundation saying, “We are profoundly grateful to the Texas Lottery Commission for their generous commitment and partnership. Inspiring current and future generations to live and lead with honor by telling the stories and preserving the legacies of our nation’s greatest heroes has always been at the core of our mission. This $2 million sponsorship will help us reach even more citizens by making the Museum more accessible to Texas students and active-duty service members.”
In recognition of the $2 million commitment, the Texas Lottery Commission will become the naming sponsor of both programs and receive other promotional benefits.
“The Lone Star State has always been deeply committed to our students, veterans, and service members,” said Robert G. Rivera, Chairman of the Texas Lottery Commission. “We are honored to partner with the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation in their mission to inspire America from right here in Texas. We look forward to the National Medal of Honor Museum grand opening a little more than a year from now and to being the naming sponsor of these two vitally important programs for Texans.”
The National Medal of Honor Museum broke ground on March 25, 2022. It recently celebrated its “Topping Out” ceremony on July 20, 2023, which saw the placement of the facility’s final steel beam. The Museum is set to open its doors in early 2025. To date, the NMOHMF has received generous donations from donors from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and a handful of other countries.
About the Museum, Monument, and Institute: The National Medal of Honor Museum under construction in Arlington, Texas; The Monument authorized by Congress to be built in Washington, DC; and the Institute which began programing in 2023 will inspire Americans by honoring and preserving the history of the highest military decoration awarded for valor in combat. Serving as a national landmark – and located in America’s heartland – the Museum will provide an unrivaled visitor experience and illustrate the historical thread of sacrifice, patriotism and courage that runs through all U.S. military service members, past and present. Beyond its state-of-the-art, interactive experiences, a critical part of the Museum’s mission will be to use the stories of Medal of Honor recipients to inspire their fellow Americans and motivate them to be their best selves – living and leading with honor.
A National Monument in Washington, D.C., will commemorate the service and sacrifice of the bravest and most decorated members of the U.S. Armed Forces. To be located on the National Mall near the Lincoln Memorial, it will give all Americans the opportunity to reflect on the courage and patriotism that safeguard freedom and democracy.
The National Medal of Honor Institute is focused on character based programing for young people grounded in the core values the Medal of Honor represents: courage and sacrifice, commitment and integrity, citizenship and patriotism. Adult programing inspires, equips, and connects leaders of today giving them the tools needed to go above and beyond as they create positive impact in their families, businesses, and communities.
About the Texas Lottery: Beginning with the first ticket sold in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated $37.5 billion in revenue for the state and distributed $82 billion in prizes to lottery players. Since 1997, the Texas Lottery has contributed $31.6 billion to the Foundation School Fund, which supports public education in Texas. As authorized by the Texas Legislature, certain Texas Lottery revenues benefit state programs including the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. Since the first veterans’ themed scratch ticket game was launched in 2009, the Texas Lottery has contributed more than $219 million for programs supporting Texas veterans.
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