COLUMBUS—Construction has started on the Ohio Veterans Memorial and Museum to honor Ohio’s nearly 900,000 military veterans, according to the Ohio Veterans Memorial and Museum Advisory Committee.
The committee has raised funds and broken ground on the site of the former Franklin County Veterans Memorial convention center. It’s led by Ohio space pioneer John Glenn, a Marine Corps veteran of World War II and the Korean War.
The memorial and museum will be the first statewide veterans museum in Ohio, according to the committee. It adds Ohio has the sixth-largest state population of former service men and women in the country. It will present a narrative journey exploring the stories of veterans as a tribute to the sacrifices of service men and women and their families.
Interactive exhibits will depict the “transformative experience” of military service, according to the committee. The experience may be in combat or during a humanitarian aid mission, behind a computer screen or underneath a vehicle making repairs. It will present both uniquely individual and collectively shared experiences of veterans throughout history against a backdrop that gives the larger context of world events since the earliest days of our nation.
Project architects include Allied Works Architecture of Portland, Oregon and OLIN of Philadelphia and Los Angeles. The exhibit design firm is Ralph Applebaum Associates, with offices in New York and other countries. The Columbus Downtown Development Corp. is project manager. The museum and surrounding greenspace are scheduled to open in 2018.
Visit OhioVeteransMemorial.org for more information.