Throughout the year, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum schedules 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.
Be a superhero for your community! Join us on May 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for our next blood drive with the American Red Cross. Blood is in a critical shortage due to COVID-19. For a limited time, the American Red Cross will test all blood, platelet, and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies as an additional health service to donors. You can make a difference.
Join us for the second annual National Veterans Memorial and Museum’s Virtual Run, Walk, Ruck & Roll to honor and remember those men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. This family friendly, virtual event offers 1-mile, 5K and 10K options that can safely be completed at a location and time of your choice. Register by May 15 to receive your race packet, including your shirt and bib number before May 23. We encourage you to complete your Run, Walk, Ruck & Roll during Memorial Day week from May 23 – May 31. Follow along and let us know how you did on social using #NVMM #MemorialDay2021
The Wall That Heals is a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The trailer that transports the exhibit opens to become a mobile Education Center that displays items representative of those left at The Wall in Washington, D.C. Digital displays include photos of local service members whose names are on The Wall and local veterans honored through the In Memory program. Honor the more than 58,000 service members who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War by visiting The Wall That Heals while it is in town.
The Wall That Heals will arrive in Columbus, Ohio at 3 p.m. on May 26 and will be given a police and motorcycle escort to the National Veterans Memorial and Museum. Honor and welcome The Wall That Heals as it comes into Columbus, Ohio for just a limited time. This free outdoor exhibit is open to the public 24-hours a day.
Volunteers are needed to help assemble The Wall on May 27, staff and watch over it during its time at the NVMM and disassemble The Wall on May 31. Please click the Volunteer button below for details on how you or your group can help. We welcome everyone to come out, experience this incredible exhibit, learn about the Vietnam War, honor our Veterans and help one another heal.
To honor those who have given their lives for our freedoms, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum will be holding a Gold Star Candlelight Vigil on May 28. Starting shortly after sunset, we will gather on the rooftop of the National Veterans Memorial and Museum and walk down to Memorial Grove. Gold Star families will place a flower into the water of the reflecting pool in honor of their lost loved one. Ceremony speakers will include our President and CEO Lt. General Michael Ferriter, U.S. Army (Retired) and Gold Star family members.
Come join us here at the Museum or online on Facebook and YouTube, and share your support for all Gold Star families.
Rev up your engines for the Ride2NVMM taking place on May 29. The vibrations from this event are expected to be felt all over town as hundreds of bikes converge onto the National Veterans Memorial and Museum. We welcome all that have a motorcycle to take part in this honor ride to the Museum. We will have vendors, sponsors and food trucks on site at the NVMM to celebrate the ride. Come out to see the bikes, visit The Wall That Heals and tour the Museum. This event will be open in conjunction with the Museum’s hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The National Veterans Memorial and Museum will have an exclusive premiere viewing of Tracie Hunter’s newest World War II documentary, A Rendezvous with Destiny. This documentary is based on Jos Groen’s book, “Three of the Last WWII Screaming Eagles.” Hunter is an Emmy Award-winning director for her documentary, The Last Signal. This event will include a portion with the director and a panel of service members from WWII. Hear them recount the stories of their heroic voyage into WWII, their reactions to the film and more! Come be part of this historic premier event.
Join us on Memorial Day and receive free admission to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.
Encapsulate all that surrounds Memorial Day with our annual Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony. This public event takes place on the National Veterans Memorial and Museum rooftop starting at 10 a.m., doors open at 9:30 a.m. This years ceremony will include special messages and remarks from J.R. Martinez, a U.S. Army Veteran, burn survivor, actor and author, and our President and CEO Lt. General Michael Ferriter, U.S. Army (Retired). The ceremony will also take to the skies with a low-level military flyover. Come out and support all of those who have given their lives for our freedoms.
Admission to this event is free, but it will also be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube for those unable to attend in-person.
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 vistors 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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