Dallas Cowboy Owner Jerry Jones Donates $20M to National Medal of Honor Museum

by John Jamison

On Thursday, Jerry Jones announced that his family would be donating $20 million to the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation (NMOHMF). In 1991, March 25 was designated as National Medal of Honor day. It is fitting that such a timely donation be made to help commemorate those who sacrificed so much in defense of their country.

Since the first in 1863, over 3,500 Medals of Honor have been awarded to servicemen and women who gave and risked their lives, going “above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States.” Nineteen individuals have even earned this honor twice. The Medal of Honor is the highest award for military valor.

Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer, Charlotte Jones, delivered the following statement on Twitter. Charlotte is the daughter of Jerry Jones. She also serves as the Board Chairman for the NMOHMF. Both AT&T stadium, where the Cowboys play, and the Museum Foundation are based in Arlington, Texas.

Charlotte Jones: ‘This Is Our Day to Say Thank You’

In a press release on the Dallas Cowboys website, Jerry Jones had this to say, “Anyone who is successful in business has at times stood on the shoulders of others. Never in my life have I had the opportunity to stand beside those who have given so much for the defense of freedom and our way of life. Medal of Honor recipients represent the very best of America and the values to which all heroes aspire. Supporting this project is a privilege.”

According to the press release, the donation brings the total funding for the Museum to $70 million. The Foundation will break ground on the museum in Arlington next year. It aims to be open by 2024.

Yesterday, a ‘Moment of Honor’ was observed. It encouraged Americans to reflect quietly “on the bravery of those who have given so much for their country.” 16 Governors across the country marked the day and officially took part.

You can check out the NMOHMF’s Mission Inspire podcast, which features interviews with real Medal of Honor recipients. Most recently, Sgt. Maj. Matthew Williams and Sgt. Maj. Thomas “Patrick” Payne talked about their experiences, per the press release.