House OKs New Vets Memorial as Official National Site
The U.S. House late Tuesday passed a bill that would designate the new museum and memorial being built in downtown Columbus as the “National Veterans Memorial and Museum.”
The measure is cosponsored by Reps. Steve Stivers, R–Upper Arlington, Joyce Beatty, D–Jefferson, and Pat Tiberi, R–Genoa Township.
The museum, under construction at 300 W. Broad St., is being built to educate Americans about the service and sacrifice of the more-than 22 million military veterans. The area lawmakers say it will be the only public museum of its kind that exists solely to share the experiences of veterans across all eras, conflicts and branches of the military.
The museum is expected to open in summer 2018.
The state’s lawmakers argued that Columbus is a good location for such a memorial — the state is home to the sixth largest veteran population in the United States and is easily accessible by much of the nation.
“It is clear that Ohio is the ideal place for America’s National Veterans Memorial and Museum,” Stivers said.
Beatty, meanwhile, said the museum “seeks to honor, connect, inspire and educate all Americans about the selfless service and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans.”
“Our service members bravely answer the call to serve our nation,” said Tiberi. “The National Veterans Memorial and Museum is just one way we can honor them and their families, and ensure future generations know about the many sacrifices they made for us. As we approach Veterans Day, this is great news for Ohio’s veteran community.”
The bill passed by voice vote, and was cosponsored by the entire Ohio congressional delegation. The state’s two senators — Sen. Sherrod Brown, D–Ohio and Rob Portman, R–Ohio — have introduced a companion bill in the Senate.