Today, Representatives Pat Tiberi (R-OH), Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Joyce Beatty (D-OH) reintroduced legislation (H.R. 1900) to designate the Veterans Memorial and Museum being constructed in Columbus, Ohio as the “National Veterans Memorial and Museum.” The entire Ohio Delegation, Representatives Steve Chabot (R-OH), Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), Robert E. Latta (R-OH), Bill Johnson (R-OH), Bob Gibbs (R-OH), Warren Davidson (R-OH), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Mike Turner (R-OH), Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Tim Ryan (D-OH), David Joyce (R-OH), Jim Renacci (R-OH), and Jim Jordan (R-OH), joined as cosponsors. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) plan to introduce companion legislation in the Senate.
The museum, located at 300 West Broad Street in Columbus, Ohio, will serve as a civic landmark to honor, connect, inspire and educate all Americans about the service and sacrifice of our nation’s more than 22 million veterans. It will be the only public museum of its kind that exists for the exclusive role of sharing the experiences of veterans across all eras, conflicts and branches of the military.
“I urge my colleagues to support the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus, Ohio,” said Rep. Tiberi. “We owe an immense amount of gratitude to our military service members and veterans who have answered the call to serve our great nation. This museum will provide a unique opportunity for all Americans to honor the sacrifices they made to protect and support our precious freedoms.”
“As a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, I understand the need to educate people on our military, while also sharing and preserving the stories of the incredible sacrifices our veterans make for our freedoms,” Stivers said. “I am proud to support this museum for all of the great contributions it will make for central Ohio and the veterans community across the country.”
“I cannot think of a more fitting tribute to our nation’s more than 22 million Veterans,” Beatty said. “The National Veterans Memorial and Museum will serve as a permanent landmark to the selfless service of so many brave Americans and as a memorial to all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.” Beatty continued, “I am proud to join Congressman Stivers, as well as Congressman Tiberi, in introducing this piece of legislation.”
The veterans community has also joined in support of the museum and legislation.
“There are almost 22 million living veterans throughout the United States, from our Greatest Generation to our recent service members coming home from Afghanistan and Iraq,” said Major General Dennis Laich, US Army (retired). “The National Veterans Memorial and Museum will honor the sacrifice of these veterans and their families and the ones that came before them. It’s thanks to this sacrifice that we all enjoy the benefits of freedom, security and democracy.”
“Individual stories and shared experiences of veterans will be the heartbeat running through each exhibit, celebrating the everyday heroes,” said Colonel Tom Moe, US Air Force (retired). “We want to focus the story here about the service of veterans, whether they be from Tallahassee to Anchorage, and also be a place where vets can call a home.”
“The stories of our veterans are rich and timeless and need to be shared,” said Dr. Peter Mansoor, Colonel, US Army (Ret). “They provide an anchor by which we can understand the definition of honor, duty and service above self.”
The Columbus Downtown Development Corporation is managing the project, leading the design, construction, exhibit development and fundraising elements for the National Veterans Memorial and Museum.
“The National Veterans Memorial & Museum will be a world-class destination, featuring an iconic design and thought-provoking exhibition programs,” said Guy V. Worley, President/CEO of the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation. “With almost 22 million veterans alive today, it will serve as a civic landmark to honor, connect, inspire and educate visitors and Americans about the service and sacrifice of the country’s veterans and their families.”
The museum broke ground for construction in December 2015, following the generous donations from Les and Abigail Wexner, the State of Ohio, Franklin County, and many other foundations and corporations. The grand opening date for the National Veterans Memorial and Museum is expected to be in the summer 2018.