Teaching my children about the United States military has become more important to me as I see the world ever changing and the needs expanding. Sharing with them the value of honoring and respecting our active and veteran military personnel began resonating with me. They knew the importance of doing it but they may have been missing a better understanding. I wanted to help them find out, who these people were/are, what military personnel have done for each one of them by their acts of service and how it impacts their daily lives.
Recently, I reached out to the National Veterans Memorial and Museum to set up a visit for my children and myself. I prepared the kids before hand with a little historical and architecture information before we went, which gave them better knowledge of the museum. Taking some time before you go to familiarize yourself with the memorial and what you will learn, hear and see is imperative. Going here without being armed with what this location stands for could possibly cause you to miss the emotion of gratefulness to our service personnel and leave you underwhelmed or overwhelmed.
Mission of the NVMM:
*Honor Americas’ contributions to our country through military service.
*Connect Civilians with veterans and their experience.
*Inspire visitors to serve their community and nation as active and engaged citizens.
*Educate schoolchildren about the history and value of service.
I don’t want to share everything about this place with you because truly you need to go yourself, but I was impacted immensely by two things. First, the cube screen that shares stories in the central round room. Don’t rush through this area, stop, listen and reflect on what you have heard and learned. Secondly, and the most emotional, was the exhibit where you put yourself in the place of someone receiving the folded flag, as a gold star family. Admittedly, I choked up as I read the words that would indelibly be hard for the recipient to hear, “On behalf of the President of the United States, the United States (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard ), and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one’s honorable and faithful service.”
THINGS TO KNOW:
Parking is ample, but you need to pay for it.
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 10 am,-5 pm Summer: Tuesday-Sunday 10 am- 5 pm
Cost: Adult (18-64) $17.00 Senior (65+) $15.00 Youth (5-17) $10.00 Veteran, Gold Star Family and Active Military Duty FREE
If you’re in the Columbus, Ohio area I highly recommend the National Veterans Memorial and Museum to you and your family. You will be grateful to the men and women who have and who continue to serve and protect you and your country.
The children left these questions but we did not get any answers while we were there, if you are are an active or veteran service member, we would love it if you shared yours with us.
**If you are a veteran or active service member, The Gleason Family thanks you for your service.**
We were hosted by the NVMM