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.
On February 28 for our next installment of Veterans Voices, we welcome Gen. Colin L. Powell, U.S. Army (Retired) to share his insights on the 30th anniversary of the U.S. and Coalition victory in Operation Desert Storm. The “Powell Doctrine,” formed during the Vietnam War, guided U.S. military intervention through Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom in Afghanistan and Iraq respectively. Powell served 35 years in the Army, rising to the rank of four-star general. During his last assignment, from October 1989 to September 1993, as the 12th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest military position in the Department of Defense, Gen. Powell oversaw the invasion of Panama in 1989 and Operation Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf War against Iraq in 1990–1991.
No Boundaries: Kirstie Ennis’ Mission to Serve
In honor of Women’s History Month, we welcome an inspiring person and U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, Kirstie Ennis, for our next Veterans Voices on Tuesday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m. Kirstie is the daughter of two Marines whose example inspired her to join the Marine Corps at the age of 17. Deployed to Afghanistan in 2012, Sgt. Ennis was in a traumatic helicopter accident. After more than 40 surgeries and the amputation of her left leg, she has become a role model and inspiration for others around the world. To achieve her goal of continued service to her community, Kirstie founded a non-profit, became an avid and accomplished mountain climber and snowboarder, a stuntwoman in the movie Patriots Day, walked 1,000 miles across the UK, was featured in ESPN The Magazine and People Magazine, is a motivational speaker, Vetrepreneur and businesswoman. In all her spare time, she completed three different master’s degrees, and she is working on her doctorate in education.
For our March Rally Point, we are proudly partnering with Tony Mayne, director of GallantFew, Inc., whose mission is to facilitate the transition of our service members back to civilian lives with purpose. Please join us Saturday morning for VetXpo, a two-hour virtual event from GallantFew, designed to enhance Veteran’s functional fitness in five domains – professional, social, physical, emotional and spiritual. National Veterans Memorial and Museum chief of staff, Col. Bill Butler, U.S. Army (Retired), will kick off this amazing event and our president and CEO, Lt. General Mike Ferriter, U.S. Army (Retired) will talk with Tony during the program to provide a quick look into the museum and share his thoughts on our mission.
Be a superhero for your community! Join us on March 15 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.
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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