The institution is officially designated the “National Veterans Memorial and Museum”

On June 21, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum Act was signed into law by President Donald Trump. The act designates the Downtown Columbus museum, still under construction along the Scioto River on the west side of the Broad Street bridge, as the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, and was sponsored by U.S. Reps. Steve Stivers and Joyce Beatty and Sens. Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown. It passed the U.S. House unanimously last November.

The museum aims to honor Americans’ military contributions, connect civilians with veterans and their experiences, inspire visitors to serve their community and nation and educate children about the history and value of military service. It will be the first museum to focus on the veteran experience and tell the stories of American veterans from all conflicts and branches of service.

It replaces the former Franklin County Veterans Memorial at the same site, which was used more often as an event center and was demolished in 2015. As covered in Columbus Monthly’s cover story last October, the new Vets Memorial was put into motion in part through the shared vision of L Brands founder Les Wexner and the late Sen. John Glenn, a veteran Marine pilot.

Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter was recently appointed president and CEO of the museum, which is scheduled to open in the fall. In a June 21 press release, Ferriter was quoted as saying, “The national designation represents what’s at the heart of the National Veterans Memorial and Museum—to celebrate the service and honor the sacrifice of all veterans and their families, regardless of branch, time or location of service.”

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