Throughout the year, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum schedule events that honor and celebrate the contributions of our nation’s Veterans. This calendar can help you plan your visit around a holiday or other special event.
From service animals to household companions, animals are shown to reduce stress and positively impact overall health in humans. From October 20 – 22, we encourage guests to join us for Pets and Vets week, including adoption opportunities from local shelters and animal welfare organizations.
This free community event is open to the public. We always welcome well-behaved service animals trained to assist visitors with disabilities during their Museum visit. You and your service animal will receive a free goodie bag upon arrival!Learn more about Pets and Vets
The Wounded Warrior Dogs Project is a traveling exhibition of wooden dog sculptures created by master Ohio craftsman James Mellick and will be on display at the Museum October 20-24 as part of our Pets and Vets week. The dogs are intended to be symbolic of the sacrifice and exhibit the same wounds as their human companions in battle. The installation of wounded and rehabilitated dogs intends to raise awareness and focus the attention on the sacrifice and needs of wounded veterans. Five of the dogs will be on display.
“American Veteran,” created by GBH, will trace the Veteran experience through a four-part broadcast series, a nine-part podcast, and a ten-part series of digital shorts. From the citizen-soldiers returning from the Revolution to today’s warrior class, it is a deeply moving story, highlighting personal remembrances, drawing civilian viewers into an unfamiliar culture, and showcasing the evolving relationships between Americans who have served in the military and those who have not.
Every voice featured in “American Veteran,” from narrators to interviewees to scholars belongs to a Veteran. Every story these Veterans relate contributes to our exploration of the shifting relationships, over time, between Veterans and civilians.
To thank first responders for their service and sacrifice, we’re offering a free ticket to all active and retired first responders on National First Responders Day. A valid ID must be presented at the door.
We welcome everyone on Veterans Day with free admission all day long, sponsored by USAA.
Presented by USAA, our Veterans Day 2021 Ceremony will feature remarks from former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, General Les L. Lyles, U.S. Air Force (Retired), our President and CEO Lt. General Michael Ferriter, U.S. Army (Retired), Franklin County Commissioner, Erica Crawley, U.S. Navy (Retired) and President of USAA, Wayne Peacock. These distinguished Veterans and guests will share messages promoting unity in support of our Veteran community and promoting selfless service in our communities on Veterans Day and every day.
Prefer to join us virtually? Stream the ceremony live on YouTube.
The National Veterans Memorial and Museum welcomes groups of 10 or more for both guided tours and self-guided visits with a discounted admission rate, a dedicated entrance, and other group privileges. Reservations are required and should be made at least four weeks in advance. To inquire about a group visit, please complete the online request form.
Directly adjacent to the Museum lies a 2.5 acre Memorial Grove, designed for contemplation and reflection before visitors return to their everyday lives. Anchored by a grove of elm trees, the space features a 325-foot stone wall, with three cascades of water and a reflecting pool lining the basin, creating a cohesive space for remembrance, inspiration and the recognition of service.
Recognized internationally for its innovative design, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum offers a truly unique venue for a variety of occasions and special events. From the Great Hall, with its stunning views of the Columbus skyline, to the rooftop terrace, our spaces make events memorable. Meeting rooms on the lower level can accommodate groups of up to 180, and catering services are available.
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