From Women’s History Month to Wellness Weekend and a big Welcome Home Ceremony for Vietnam Veterans during National Vietnam War Veterans Day, we’re spotlighting the powerful stories of our nation’s service members with programming, online content and a FREE admission for all on March 29. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the last U.S. combat troops departing Vietnam and repatriation of our remaining Prisoners of War. Please join us as we honor the more than seven million Americans who served during the Vietnam era.
PREVIOUS EVENTS THIS MONTH
Courage to Lead: Visionary Servicewomen [Rally Point]
Saturday, March 4 | 11 a.m. | Virtual
This March, we’re honoring the accomplishments of visionary servicewomen who have strengthened our nation. Resilient. Brave. Powerful. These three words describe our Rally Point guests. Learn about their challenges, victories and achievements across three different branches of service and how they continue to make an impact in their communities today.
Jiu Jitsu Seminar with Laurah Hallock
Saturday, March 11 | 9 a.m. | FREE
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Laurah Hallock joined us for our March Wellness Weekend Jiu Jitsu Seminar in celebration of Women’s History Month. As a black belt and a member of the GF Team (Ohio) in jiu jitsu’s sporting circuit, she is considered one of the best athletes of her generation.
This seminar is free for attendees but registration is required. We believe in having a welcoming and safe learning environment for all levels of experience; Beginners to advanced individuals are welcome.
Mid-Ohio Food Collective Resource Fair
Saturday, March 11 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | FREE
Join the Mid-Ohio Food Collective at the Museum for a resource fair meant to provide social services and knowledge to the community. Don’t know about resources you are eligible for? That’s what we are here for! Any and all from the community are welcome to join in on the various activities offered to learn more about what kinds of resources are available to you as a resident of Franklin County, Ohio.
Fishing for Healing: Fly Fishing 101
Saturday, March 11 | 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. | FREE
Expand your mental health toolkit with therapeutic fly-fishing during Wellness Weekend. Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing will provide fly tying and casting lessons to participants of all levels. Experience how fly fishing can offer physical and mental health benefits, provide a tranquil space for reflection, teach resilience and build community.
Jiu Jitsu Seminar with Matt Larsen
Sunday March 12 | 9 a.m. | FREE
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Matt Larsen joins us for a second Wellness Weekend Jiu Jitsu Seminar. As the Director of Combatives at United States Military Academy at West Point, Mark is excited to bring his technique and skill to this special class at the NVMM.
Saturday, March 18 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | FREE
Songwriters Tommy Karlas and Bill DiLuigi will lead an exclusive Songwriting Workshop focused on how to capture and share your story through music. This hands-on experience will start with introductions, followed by writing prompts that inspire your creativity. During this workshop, participants will collaborate with other attendees to write your own song(s), share them and perform for each other!
IDENTITY workshops are for Veterans only. Please be prepared to show your ID at check-in.
Welcome Home Ceremony – National Vietnam War Veterans Day
Wednesday, March 29 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | FREE
We will commemorate National Vietnam War Veterans Day with FREE Museum admission for all and a Welcome Home Ceremony for our Veterans, live from our Great Hall. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the last U.S. combat troops departing Vietnam and repatriation of our remaining Prisoners of War.
Our keynote speaker, Captain J. Charles (Charlie) Plumb, U.S. Navy (Retired), will share his journey as a jet fighter pilot, six years as a Vietnam POW and how he now uses his experiences to help others face their challenges with his story, “Who Packs Your Parachute.”
NATIONAL VIETNAM WAR VETERANS DAY
Welcome Home Ceremony
We commemorated National Vietnam War Veterans Day with FREE Museum admission and a Welcome Home Ceremony for our Veterans, live from our Great Hall. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the last U.S. combat troops departing Vietnam and repatriation of our remaining Prisoners of War.
Our keynote speaker, Captain J. Charles (Charlie) Plumb, U.S. Navy (Retired), shared his journey as a jet fighter pilot, six years as a Vietnam POW and how he now uses his experiences to help others face their challenges with his story, “Who Packs Your Parachute.”
Courage to Lead: Visionary Servicewomen
This March, we’re honoring the accomplishments of visionary servicewomen who have strengthened our nation. Resilient. Brave. Powerful. These three words describe our Rally Point guests. Learn about their challenges, victories and achievements across different branches of service and how they continue to make an impact in their communities today.
INSPIRING STORY OF SERVICE
U.S. Navy Veteran Beth Ball joins us for a special Women’s History Month edition of Inspiring Stories of Service. She shares how she discovered her passion for playing hockey, and later co-founded U.S.A. National Women Warriors Hockey, a program that is dedicated to offering a safe and therapeutic space for injured and disabled female Veterans to play ice hockey.
Phil Sussman, U.S. Army Veteran and Co-Founder of American Yogi, joins us for this month’s Vetrepreneur Spotlight. He was inspired to create a community where both men and women could find a vehicle to peace. Today, American Yogi is more than a t-shirt brand. It’s a movement, a family and a community.
Dominic Popp, Facilities Manager
Meet Dominic! As our Facilities Manager, Dominic helps keep the Museum clean, safe and running smoothly for all of our guests. Learn about his favorite book and even what 80’s hair metal band he would join.
“Heroism Begins with Her: Inspiring Stories of Bold, Brave, and Gutsy Women in the U.S. Military”
“Heroism begins with Her” shares the unique stories of the women who have served in our military. Featuring one of our favorite female Veterans (Deborah Sampson), this book offers a fun way for people of all ages to connect with the female Veteran experience during Women’s History Month!
WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
Women in Uniform: Serving at Sea
During Women’s History Month, we celebrate the legacies of remarkable servicewomen who served in our nation’s maritime services. No sailor or coastie’s journey is alike. Explore the diverse stories of women in uniform and the impact they have made on American history.
WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
A Journey of Women in the Marines
While the Marines were first established on November 10, 1775, women only had the opportunity to join starting in 1918 with Opha May Johnson. Their roles have grown since then and today women are training and stepping into combat roles alongside their male counterparts. This March, we take peek into the journey of women in the Marine Corps from the trailblazers to those who followed in their footsteps.
WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
Women in Vietnam: Sharon Ann Lane
Among the eight women inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is the story of First Lieutenant Sharon Ann Lane. Lane was the only American nurse killed as a direct result of hostile fire. For her service in Vietnam, she was awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star with “V” device, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the National Order of Vietnam Medal, and the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross (with Palm).
Check out American Yogi, one of our favorite Veteran-owned businesses. American Yogi’s goal is to help men and women find a vehicle to peace by making the practice of yoga more accessible. Previously, American Yogi has participated in special wellness events at the Museum.