Exploring the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus, Ohio

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 has begun resonating with me.

Our children knew the importance of doing this but they may have been missing a better understanding. They were missing the pieces that made it personal.  I wanted to help them find out, who these people were/are, what military personnel has 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  A Living Tribute to Service Personnel;  to set up a visit for my children and myself.

Preparing to go to the National Veteran’s Memorial and Museum

I prepared the kids beforehand with a little historical and architectural information before we went. Armed with this instruction gave them a better knowledge of the museum.

Please take some time before you go to the National Veteran’s Memorial to familiarize yourself with the memorial and what you will learn, hear, and see. Going here without being educated about 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.

The 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 in the center of the building shares stories in this stark 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 of 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.”

Wrapping up a blog about something like the National Veteran’s Memorial and Museum is emotional. I can’t emphasize the value of this memorial. It’s awe-inspiring. It’s touching. It evokes emotions that every American need and should feel.

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.

**If you are a veteran or active service member, The Gleason Family thanks you for your service.**

Things to KNOW before you go to the National Veterans Memorial and Museum


Parking is ample, however, you will 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

National Veterans Memorial and Museum Location:

300 West Broad Street

Columbus, Ohio 43215

Looking for other Columbus adventures? Check out the Columbus Metro Parks nearby the memorial.

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