Margaret Robinson, The Columbus Foundation
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Sneak Peek of the New National Veterans Memorial and Museum

Sneak Peek of the New National Veterans Memorial and Museum
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Maybe you’ve noticed the unique building that overlooks Scioto Mile nestled on seven acres between Downtown Columbus and Franklinton? It’s the National Veterans Memorial and Museum (NVMM).

Inside this building are stories of sacrifice and bravery, beautifully told by veterans themselves. The NVMM will have the exclusive honor of sharing the journey of our country’s veterans across all branches, eras, and conflicts—unlike any other museum in the country. In fact, the original plan for NVMM was to make it an Ohio Veterans Memorial. But as planners talked to veterans through focus groups at the local, state, and national level, they realized there was a bigger story to tell—one that focuses on the veterans’ experience.

From NVMM: The National Veterans Memorial and Museum (NVMM) will honor veterans’ contributions to our free and safe society. NVMM will serve as a tribute to our veterans as well as a reminder to all of the importance and value of military service. More than simply a war memorial or a military museum, NVMM will share the stories and experiences of the men and women who have served their country, including those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in doing so.

The NVMM mission is to:

  • Honor Americans’ contributions through military service,
  • Connect civilians with veterans and their military experience,
  • Inspire visitors to serve their community and nation as citizens, and
  • Educate schoolchildren about the history and value of service via an interactive permanent exhibition.

Additionally, the space will host events for active duty and retired military members, including homecoming ceremonies, ROTC trainings and graduations, celebrations, and parades.

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