Beatty, Stivers Celebrate Grand Opening of the National Veterans Memorial and Museum
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) and Congressman Steve Stivers (OH-15) celebrated the grand opening of the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus, Ohio. Beatty and Stivers pushed for national designation legislation that was eventually signed into law on June 21, 2018.
The museum, located at 300 West Broad Street in Columbus, Ohio, is a civic landmark to honor, connect, inspire and educate all Americans about the service and sacrifice of our nation’s more than 41 million veterans. It is 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.
“Over the course of the past three years, I have seen firsthand the National Veterans Memorial and Museum go from dream to reality,” Beatty said. “This museum is the brainchild of former Ohio Senator John Glenn, and I cannot think of a more fitting tribute to him and the many brave men and women who answered the call to serve than this beautiful facility. That is why I was so honored to help earn national designation—and in that spirit want to thank the entire Ohio Congressional Delegation for working together in a bipartisan fashion.” Beatty continued, “As the daughter of a World War II veteran, I know that freedom is certainly not free, and am confident many more Americans will better understand the service and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans on and off the battlefield because of the National Veterans Memorial and Museum.”
“The opening of the National Veterans Memorial and Museum is the culmination of a collaborative effort of our community, local officials, the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, and the entire Ohio Congressional Delegation. It has been an honor to be part of the incredible effort to make this vision a reality,” Stivers said. “This is also an exciting day for me personally. As a veteran and Brigadier General in the Ohio Army National Guard, I know firsthand the sacrifices our veterans make for our freedoms. The National Veterans Memorial and Museum will be an exemplary way to honor veterans of the past, present, and future.”
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 entire Ohio Congressional Delegation were cosponsors of the national designation legislation.