ARLINGTON, Texas – The National Medal of Honor Museum will break ground in the Dallas/Fort Metroplex on Friday, and the weather for the ceremony looks nearly perfect.
Coinciding with National Medal of Honor Day, Friday's groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Central time in Arlington, Texas.
Sunshine will fill the sky over North Texas as temperatures rise from the upper 40s at the start of the ceremony into the upper 50s or lower 60s by its conclusion.
The groundbreaking has been a long time coming for the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation.
FOX 4 in Dallas spoke with Chris Cassidy, CEO of the foundation, about this long-awaited journey.
"It's really an exciting time for us," Cassidy told FOX 4. "We've been working hard as a foundation, with the board of directors over the last couple of years, and just the overall staff over the last few years, to pull together the pledges. Much thanks to our founders and sponsors, and the city of Arlington has given us the authority to start digging."
And he said the location of the museum makes it even more exciting.
"The city of Arlington gave us a fantastic plot of land, right in the center of the entertainment district," Cassidy said. "Co-located with the AT&T football stadium, the Texas Rangers Globe Life Field, the old Texas Rangers Globe Life Park, or Choctaw Stadium now. Six Flags is nearby. It’s centrally located, the area is, with DFW Airport. Really in the middle of the country for all to enjoy."
Expected to be in attendance at Friday's ceremony are the glee club from the United States Naval Academy, the United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Team, 16 Medal of Honor recipients, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Milley and even former President George W. Bush. There will also be a flyover of F-16 fighter jets during the groundbreaking ceremony.
"We asked folks from around the country, our friends and colleagues and co-workers, to send dirt from every state of the nation," Cassidy said. "So as we stick our shovels in the ground and turnover sort of the symbolic gesture of breaking ground, that dirt has been collected from all 50 states of the United States. So we think that’s very symbolic of the nature of this project supporting the whole country."