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.
A coalition of Columbus cultural institutions have joined forces to host a free virtual screening in the “National Veterans Film Festival Presents Series,” on September 17-26, 2021. The 10-day event connects Americans through Veterans’ voices and stories by celebrating the contributions and resiliency of our nation’s Veterans.
The film, “Modern Warrior LIVE” (MWL), is a performance narrated by co-creator Staff Sergeant Jaymes Poling, who spent three years in Afghanistan as an infantryman with the 82nd Airborne Division. This autobiographical production details Poling’s time in the military and his subsequent transition back home through spoken word and music. The film was shot during the pandemic in 2020 and is powered with dynamic performances by Cleveland-born (MWL creator) and internationally acclaimed musician, Dominick Farinacci, along with a renowned cast of artists. It features an appearance by Vietnam Veteran and celebrated news anchor, Leon Bibb.
A taped panel discussion will follow the screening of “Modern Warrior Live,” and VA resources will be provided.
Join us on Saturday, October 2 at 10 a.m. ET for Rally Point: Inside “American Veteran,” an upcoming PBS Series. We will host a discussion including GBH producer Amanda Pollack and Cody Ayon, a Navy and Army Veteran from the film, to learn about the documentary that explores Veterans’ inspiration to serve and their eventual transition from service member to civilian.
Join us on Saturday, October 9, 2021 for Sensory Saturday – a sensory friendly museum experience that will offer enhanced sensory activities all day long including: reduced volume throughout the exhibit area, touch tours, hands-on educational activities, and more!
From service animals to household companions, animals are shown to reduce stress and positively impact overall health in humans. Starting on Wednesday, October 20, we welcome guests with service animals to join us inside the Museum for our upcoming Pets for Vets week. You and your service animal will receive a free goodie bag upon arrival!
This free community event is open to the public and includes several adoption opportunities from local shelters and animal welfare organizations. We always welcome well-behaved service animals trained to assist visitors with disabilities during their Museum visit.
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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