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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

It’s official: Columbus will host national veterans museum

Jun 22, 2018
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It’s official: Columbus will host national veterans museum

President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill designating the new museum and memorial being built in downtown Columbus as the “National Veterans Memorial and Museum.”

The bill, introduced by Reps. Steve Stivers, R-Upper Arlington, Joyce Beatty, D-Jefferson Township, and former Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Genoa Township, as well as the state’s two senators, will make the museum, located at 300 West Broad Sreet in Columbus, a landmark aimed at honoring and educating Americans about the service of the nation’s more than 22 million veterans. According to the lawmakers’ offices, 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 lawmakers had argued that the museum’s central location in Ohio and the state’s high population of veterans made Columbus an ideal host for the museum. The entire Ohio delegation supported the bill.

“Americans from all over the country will be able to come to Ohio honor and remember the sacrifice and service of our nation’s veterans at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum,” Stivers, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, said, adding he’s “looking forward to celebrating the opening of America’s National Veterans Memorial and Museum soon.”

Beatty, meanwhile, said that Columbus “is the perfect place for this historic and awe-inspiring museum that will serve as a permanent landmark to so many brave Americans and as a memorial to all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.”

The museum — a project jointly funded by donations by Les and Abigail Wexner, the State of Ohio, Franklin County, and other foundations and corporations — broke ground in December 2015 and is expected to open this summer.


This article was orginally published by the Columbus Dispatch on June 20, 2018.