Congressman Tim Ryan Votes Yes On National Designation for Columbus Veterans Memorial and Museum

Washington, DC -- Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1900, a bill to designate the new museum and memorial being built in downtown Columbus, Ohio as the “National Veterans Memorial and Museum.” This is following unanimous passage of the bill by the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs last week. The bill was cosponsored by Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH), and introduced by Representatives Steve Stivers (R-OH), Joyce Beatty (D-OH) and Pat Tiberi (R-OH). The companion bill in the Senate has been introduced by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH).

“It is long past time for a National Veterans Memorial and Museum to highlight the courage and sacrifice of those Americans who dedicated their lives to this great nation,” said Ryan. “I thank every Ohioan and the national Veterans community for the vision and hard work to make this beautiful museum stand for the Americans who stand for us. I am proud to have cosponsored this bipartisan legislation to make this a reality in Ohio, a state with a long legacy of patriotic Americans placing service above self.”

“Ohio is home to the sixth largest veteran population in the United States, is easily accessible, and home to some of the best educational opportunities for veterans. It is clear that Ohio is the ideal place for America’s National Veterans Memorial and Museum,” Stivers said. “Today’s vote to pass this legislation out of the House of Representatives is an exciting step forward in the effort for a national designation. I am proud to continue working with my colleagues in the Ohio delegation to support this museum for all of the great contributions it will make for the veterans community across the country.”

“I am proud that the National Veterans Memorial and Museum Act was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives today, and will continue to do everything in my power to see that it is signed into law,” Beatty said. “Columbus, Ohio is the perfect place for the museum which seeks to honor, connect, inspire and educate all Americans about the selfless service and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans.”

“Our service members bravely answer the call to serve our nation,” said Tiberi. “The National Veterans Memorial and Museum is just one way we can honor them and their families, and ensure future generations know about the many sacrifices they made for us. As we approach Veterans Day, this is great news for Ohio’s veteran community.”

The museum, located at 300 West Broad Street in Columbus, Ohio, will serve as a civic landmark to honor, connect, inspire and educate all Americans about the service and sacrifice of our nation’s more than 22 million veterans. It will be the only public museum of its kind that exists for the exclusive role of sharing the experiences of veterans across all eras, conflicts and branches of the military.

The museum broke ground for construction in December 2015, following the generous donations from Les and Abigail Wexner, the State of Ohio, Franklin County, and many other foundations and corporations. The grand opening date for the National Veterans Memorial and Museum is expected to be in the summer 2018.

The entire Ohio Delegation, Representatives Steve Chabot (R-OH), Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), Robert E. Latta (R-OH), Bill Johnson (R-OH), Bob Gibbs (R-OH), Warren Davidson (R-OH), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Mike Turner (R-OH), Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Tim Ryan (D-OH), David Joyce (R-OH), Jim Renacci (R-OH), and Jim Jordan (R-OH), are cosponsors of this legislation.

Here is what some of the cosponsors are saying about this bill:

“Ohio has a proud history in honoring our nation’s veterans and supporting our current men and women in uniform. Home to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and having recently been selected to host the United States Veterans Affairs national archives, it is fitting that Ohio be place for telling the stories of our country’s heroes,” said Rep. Davidson.

“As we approach Veterans Day, the passage of the National Veterans Memorial and Museum Act is an important gesture of thanks and gratitude to the millions of veterans across the country – including those right here in Ohio – who all put their country above self to fight for us. I applaud this effort as we recognize veterans for their service to this great nation and their patriotism throughout their lives,” said Rep. Wenstrup.